HPA Magazine 10
Children should spend a good part of the time outdoors. Exposure to the sun is beneficial for the production of vitamin D, which is essential for building strong bones.
However, children’s skin is more sensitive and delicate and should be protected from an early age. Some authors even suggest that children under 3 years of age should not be exposed to direct sunlight.
The harm caused by excessive exposure accumulates and can damage the eyes and skin, causing sunburn and increasing the risk of skin cancer in adulthood.
The degree of sensitivity of children’s skin is variable. Children with lighter skin, with moles or freckles, green or blue eyes, red or blond hair or with a family history of melanoma, are more susceptible.
What precautions should we take?
Educating children so that they understand the risks of sun exposure is a measure of precaution that allows children to enjoy outdoor activities in health and safety.