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Two boys taken to hospital suffering severe sunburn.

Brisbane Times reports that a four-year-old boy and a six-year-old boy from Redlynch were transported to Cairns Hospital with “very red” and “peeling” skin on their face, ears, shoulders, back, chests and face.

It is believed the two boys had been playing outside for hours with no shirts on.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said the transportation of children with severe sunburn was not a common occurrence.

A UV alert was issued for Cairns on Tuesday, with the Bureau of Meteorology recommending people slip on protective clothing, slop on sunscreen, slapping on a hat, seeking some shade and sliding on sunglasses.

Always remember to SLIP. SLOP. SLAP every couple of hours in the peak times of day.

We hope the little boys both make a full recovery.

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  • yeah the poor kids! ouch! hope they won’t do that again!

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  • It’s so easy to think we’ll only be quick outside but it’s not worth it in our summer. I always sunscreen my bub even for a 5 minute outside trip because we often take longer.

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  • Oh no. Those poor kids. I never let my daughter outside to play without a hat and sunscreen

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  • So terrible that it happened. The summer is still so hot. Sunscreen is essential!

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  • I can’t believe that after decades of education, we still need to emphasise the importance of being sun smart. In this case, where were the parents/care givers, and what were they thinking?

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  • This is terrible, but it happens so easily in our Australian climate. My kids love the outdoors too, but being mindful of our Queensland climate, I encourage indoor play in the middle of the day and outdoor time in the early morning and late afternoon. Even simple things like only purchasing clothing with sleeves, ie. no tank tops helps protect your kids. We always keep spare hats in the car and near the door for our outside time.

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