Sunscreen applying tips to keep kids safe in the sun

Posted: 9:38 AM, Jun 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-15 13:38:03Z

If you have kids, or take care of them, you know how challenging it can be when it comes to putting on sunscreen.

It's the last thing they want to do, but one of the most important when they're out in the sun.

Texas Children's And Baylor College of Medicine Fellow Dr. Shannan McCann teaches patients like Emma that applying sunscreen can be fun by making it a game.

It's also important to reapply every two hours with an SPF of 20 Broad Spectrum coverage and water resistant at least 15 to 30 minutes before going in the sun.

Make sure to pay close attention to spots frequently missed spots like the ears, hands and feet.

Sunscreens in aerosol cans typically get less approval than creams, but Dr. McCann says it's better to have kids use this than not at all.

And although experts says to keep exposure to a minimum for babies under 6 months, brands marketed towards babies contain hypoallergenic components, that are preferred when young children are in the sun.