A 21-year-old member asked:
When i take my baby outside, i always cover all of his skin with sunscreen, just as the aap recommends. isnt that enough to protect him from cancer and yet give him vitamin d?
2 doctor answers • 11 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 27 years experience
No: If you block the rays that burn, you're blocking the rays that help you make vitamin d. Use a vitamin d supplement.
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Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Vit D: His main source of vit d should be given orally as instructed by your physician. Baby should never get sunburned. A severe sunburn in childhood greatly increases their risk for developing skin cancer later in life.
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Last updated Jan 23, 2019
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