Your children's skin is much more sensitive to sun exposure, since their defense mechanisms against UV rays are not fully developed.
In particular, young skin is delicate, thinner and produces less melanin, a protective skin pigment.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays reach the skin's pigment-producing melanin cells, called melanocytes, and damage the skin's DNA.
Just one blistering sunburn in childhood can more than double a person's chances of developing melanoma in the future, so parents should protect their children from the sun. all the time.
Babies and children of all skin colors need sun protection. Although people with dark skin tones develop far fewer skin cancers than those with fair skin tones, when they do develop skin cancers, they are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage and have poorer outcomes.