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Sun protection

sun; protection; sun; screen; vitamin D;

Too much sun has been shown to cause skin damage and skin cancers. Yet many people, young people especially, still spend a lot of time in the sun. It is important to understand what you can do to protect your children from skin damage due to the sun.

Recommendations
The Cancer Council Australia recommends:

  • Slip on protective clothing
  • Slop on SPF 30+ sunscreen
  • Slap on a hat
  • Seek shade
  • Slide on some sunglasses

sun safe

Remember to take extra care between 10am and 3pm when UV radiation is most intense. Reschedule outdoor events to avoid peak UV times. (Move outdoor events to earlier in the morning or late afternoon or evening.)

For more information

Raising Children Network 
http://raisingchildren.net.au/

Cancer Council Australia 
http://www.cancer.org.au/ 

Vitamin D

The sun's ultraviolet (UV) radiation is both the major cause of skin cancer and the best source of vitamin D. In Australia, we need to balance the risk of skin cancer from too much sun exposure with maintaining adequate vitamin D levels.

Sensible sun protection does not put people at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

To find out more

Raising Children Network 
http://raisingchildren.net.au/

Cancer Council Australia 
http://www.cancer.org.au/  

 

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

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