Did you know that, according to dermatologists, the dangers of the sun exposure for babies are significantly higher than for others?
- Babies’ skins are much thinner than adults’ and absorb UV rays more readily, allowing them to pass through to their delicate tissues.
- Babies are also more vulnerable to sun damage because their skins contain a much lower percentage of melanin, the body’s natural defence against the sun.
- Sun damage for babies is even more serious than for adults because babies have a higher skin to body weight ratio. This means that (relative to their weight) babies can absorb a lot more harmful UV rays through their skins than adults can.
- Incidental sun exposure (such as inside a car, in the shade or on a cloudy day) is also linked to skin cancer. Even the very first summer of a baby’s life can cause UV-related changes in skin cells.
- Worryingly, just one case of bad sunburn for a baby or toddler can more than double the chances of melanoma in later life.