The importance of sunscreens is always renewed with the onset of the summer season, especially in countries that are characterized by high temperatures and the intensity of the sun shining for long hours.


And many people may think that using these creams for children is a kind of choice, as there are many children who have previously gone to the beach and spent a long time without getting skin infections or allergies, especially children with darker skin.


The importance of  these creams


In fact, this hypothesis, although it carries an aspect of health, as the effect of the sun is more severe on white-skinned people, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommended the need to use protective creams for all children in the event of direct exposure to the sun.


Studies have shown that there is many important information about protective creams that parents are ignorant of, even those who are well aware of their importance. And in the most recent opinion poll conducted in the United States of 1100 American parents of children between the ages of five and twelve, most of whom had tried using these creams, either regularly or occasionally, the result was that 11% of the sample are not interested in using those creams. Also, 3% of the sample expressed that they do not use a protective cream at all.


Parents indicated that there are several factors that govern their use of protective creams or not, including the period of stay of the child outside the home and also the clothes that the child wears, to what extent they reveal areas of the skin and also the color of their child's skin and how dark it is, in addition to the child's descent into the water either. In the pool or the sea, and how hot the water should be.


The American Academy of Pediatrics warned parents that using a protective cream does not mean leaving children exposed to the sun for long periods of time even if it is reapplied every two hours, as the cream does not block 100% of the sun's rays, and it is just a way to reduce the damage of UV rays, not to prevent them. It can cause a first-degree burn in the upper layers of the skin and also, in the long term, can increase the likelihood of developing skin cancer.


Therefore, direct exposure should be avoided, and protective cream should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before exposure, and it should be applied to all places not covered by clothing and exposed to the sun.


In the end, the Academy confirmed the necessity of using these creams for children older than 6 months. For those under this age, it is preferable not to direct exposure to the sun, and they must wear clothes that cover most parts of the body, and in case of extreme necessity, a little cream can be applied to the hands and face.