Is your School’s Sunscreen Policy Affecting your Child’s Health?
Every day we are learning more and more about the effects of the sun on our skin. Not only can the sun cause premature aging, but it can lead to skin cancer as well. The more often we are subjected to skin issues, like sunburns, the more likely we will develop skin cancer.
This is one reason why protecting the skin of our children is so important. However, some schools are actually making it harder for us to properly protect our children.
“One of the many school policies parents will find in their handbook revolves around medication,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, dermatologist and skin surgeon in Austin, Texas. “Many of these policies classify sunscreen as medication, which must be administered and applied by a school nurse.”
Unfortunately, this makes it extremely difficult for children to get the amount of sunscreen they need to remain protected throughout the school day. Many children, in fact, do not have access to sunscreen at all during the day.
What Can Parents Do?
The first thing parents can do is to review their school’s policy regarding sunscreen. If your school has such a policy that prevents teachers from applying the lotion, you should address your concerns with the school board.
Also, make sure you are applying a broad spectrum, long-lasting sunscreen each morning before your child goes to school. This can help protect them from the sun when they don’t have access to sunscreen throughout the day.
Dr. Mamelak treats patients with sun damage and skin cancer at Sanova Dermatology and the Austin Mohs Surgery Center. Taking care of your child’s health by ensuring they have access to sunscreen throughout the day is a great way to prevent cancer down the road. To learn more about the things you can do to protect your children from the sun, contact us today.