Australian Medical Association NSW President Dr Brad Frankum said not applying sunscreen to your child is comparable to child abuse.
“If it happens repeatedly or if a child gets really severe sunburn, that’s bordering on negligence,” Dr Frankum told 7 News.
Under Australia’s extreme UV levels, all it takes is 10 minutes to get burnt..
Dr Frankum also told the Daily Telegraph he didn’t see severe sunburn as “any different” to letting a child tip boiling water on themselves.
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“It’s no different to burning your kid with something else,” Dr Frankum said.
“If it happens repeatedly then that would be quite abusive really.”
REMEMBER to apply sunscreen 20 minutes before you go outside and re-apply again every two hours (whether or not the label tells you to do this!). ALWAYS reapply after swimming or excessive sweating.
The average-sized adult needs a teaspoon of sunscreen for their head and neck, each limb and for the front and the back of the body. That is about 35ml of sunscreen for one full body application.
It is also important to spot test sunscreen first.
Just last week a QLD Mum shared a warning over a popular sunscreen following yet another severe reaction – Read that here.
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