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The Practicing Parent: Sun & snow

Kidshealth.org warns parents to remember the sunscreen if their children are playing in the snow. /file

The weather in the Texas Panhandle is ever-changing. One day cold, hot the next. And, with all that closet-shuffling of "what to wear" (snow boots or flip-flops?), there's one thing you and your kiddos should always have on....sunscreen!

Playing in the snow can be harmful if your skin is not protected.

It's easy to forget the sunscreen when it's cold outside, but UV rays along with the reflection and glare are a dangerous combination and could create sunburn.

Kidshealth.org says 90% of all skin cancers are associated with sun exposure. Snow can reflect up to 85% of the sun's UV rays.

Apply sunscreen liberally, applying at least a teaspoon to the face is recommended. Re-apply every two hours and immediately after sweating.

Practicing Parents online recommend these brands to protect the little ones:

*Emily: Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunblock. "My boys have sensitive skin, and this one is SPF 60, without fragrance and contains naturally-sourced sunscreen ingredients. It has broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is waterproof and sweat-proof," she said.

*Mandi: Arbonne Baby Sunscreen. "My middle child breaks out with a rash from almost every sunscreen I've tried. It works great for his sensitive skin, I even use it too!"

*Terri: "It has to be waterproof and SPF 50."

*Becky says to remember their eyes and put on sunglasses as well.

For more tips on safety in the snow and sunscreen information, visit kidshealth.org.


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