Skip to main content
Publish date:

New Study: Children and Their Desire to Tan


Sunshine vitamin and girl in the sun 500(3)

Children grow up ridiculously fast these days with and there are even some kids in elementary school that want to tan!

A new study from Pediatrics found the desire to tan grows stronger as children go from elementary school to junior high school. However, these kids also do not follow proper sunscreen habits.

Recommended Articles

Cyber Monday Shopping Loft for St. Jude outfit

Giving Tuesday Shopping Loft for St. Jude

For Giving Tuesday, you can really make your shopping count. This year you can support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by gifting LOFT fashions. They have wonderful outfits and accessories for every woman on your list, PLUS it's a great time to gift yourself something more

Best Holiday Gifts For Your Dog

Best Holiday Gifts For Your Dog

Our pets...fluffy little friends...our "fur-babies"...It's clear that we love our pets. I mean, who could resist this face? Last year we spent over $60 billion dollars on them which is more than we spent on ourselves at the salon. It's pretty clear that we care about our pets more

How to Create Chic Sustainable Holiday Gift Wrapping

How to Create Chic Sustainable Holiday Gift Wrapping

The holiday shopping crunch is officially underway and with recent surveys reporting that 64% of consumers are shopping for gifts that are sustainable or minimize their environmental impact, consumers are looking for eco-friendly resources more than ever and that includes ways to more

The survey also found that sunscreen use decreased by 50 percent, despite the fact that children spend more time outside tanning as they grow older.

As a wake-up call,the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery shared some startling facts with Momtrends about cancer and how to taking care of our kids' skin.

  • Melanoma is the most common skin cancer in children, followed by basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas,'? said Thomas Rohrer, M.D., Secretary of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.
  • Only six severe sunburns in a lifetime increase risk of melanoma by 50 percent and one study estimated a 78% drop in skin cancer risk if parents protect their children from significant sun exposure in the first 18 years of life.
  • Parents, teachers and physicians should encourage sun avoidance and protection by monitoring their children'??s moles and freckles for the ABCDEs'??asymmetry, border irregularity, color variation, diameter, and evolving.
  • Encourage children to wear at least 30 SPF sunscreen and reapply it every two to three hours spent outdoors.
  • Avoid sun exposure during peak hours of intensity from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and wear sun protective clothing.

For more information, please visit:

Momtrends was not paid for this post.

Related Articles