Modern parents are afraid of the sun. The fear of sun damage, particularly skin cancer, causes parents to slather their children in high potency sunscreens. Unfortunately, these sunscreens work a little too well, as in the case of British 12-year-old Tyler Attril.
Mail Online reports:
British health officials now recommend people spend 15 minutes outside during peak sun hours three times a week to prevent vitamin D deficiency, as sunlight is responsible for 90 percent of our vitamin D intake.
As a new mother, my midwives advised me to expose my newborn child the sun each day for five to ten minutes a day. They said it helped prevent jaundice.
I’ve always allowed my children time outside without sunscreen. There have been times when I have admittedly waited to long until applying sunscreen, but as with anything to do with parenting, it’s all about balance.
There’s also the concern that the chemicals in sunscreens may actually cause skin cancer .