CHILDREN
AND
THE SUN

Children's skin is different to adult skin in many ways

The outer layer of the epidermis is thinner in children than in adults. The skin's functions, structure and composition build up over time.

The structure and composition of children's skin develops gradually. . Not all its functions are in place yet and its natural defenses are weaker than an adult's.

Children's skin is more sensitive to products that absorb into skin. This means the ratio of body surface area to weight is much lower than for an adult

Overall, children react differently to the sun

The sun's benefits for children

THE SUN TRIGGERS THE PRODUCTION OF VITAMIN D.

UV exposure plays a role in the synthesis of vitamin D, an essential element that helps children and adolescents stay healthy.

As long as you stay safe in the sun

The sun makes you feel better!

We need the sun and more particularly sunlight to boost our morale. Light influences our internal body clock, which is essential for regulating sleep and also affects mood.

It has been suggested that photoprotection could be responsible for causing vitamin D deficiency. However, recent research carried out on adults showed that the body is still able to synthesize enough vitamin D with sunscreen.

According to M. Norval, HC Wulf. Does chronic sunscreen use reduce vitamin D production to insufficient levels? Br J Dermatol. 2009 Oct;161(4):732-6.

10 minutes is enough

Around 10 minutes of sun exposure may be sufficient to supply children with enough vitamin D.

Photoprotection is essential to help fight against the sun's harmful effects on skin.

The dangers

UV exposure without using protection increases the risk
of developing skin cancer as an adult later in life.

12-18 year-olds who have already been sunburned.

children get sunburned
at least three times during the summer!

Repeated
sunburn could double the risk of melanoma!

Education about sun protection

Why talk to children about it?

They spend on average 10 hours a week outdoors when they're at school.

50 to 80% of lifetime sun exposure takes place before 18.

Adult behavior, in relation to their health is often established during childhood.

Improving children's knowledge often helps change habits within the family circle.

Conclusion

Children's skin is more fragile and must be protected against the sun.

Sun protection as a first-line treatment.

Limit the penetration of UV rays by using sun cream and clothing to protect the skin.

Stay hydrated

Sun exposure leads to dehydration so it's important to drink regularly

Avoid sun exposure all day long!

The sun's rays are stronger between 11 pm and 3 pm and can cause serious damage to the skin. Make sure you don't go out in the sun during this time.

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