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How dangerous is that my ex husband doesn't put sunscreen/block our fair skinned child? this has resulted in 2nd degree sunburns and has gone on for t

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Dr. Victoria Cirillo-Hyland answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Very Dangerous!: Your skin never forgets what happens to it! blistering sunburns increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma. In addition to sunscreen, i recommend hats and rash guard surf shirts.

Answered 6/30/2013

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Dr. Philip Ellerin answered

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Big Mistake!: Lynx29090- your ex-husband is making a big mistake! it is well known that sunburns (especially 2nd degree) can lead to skin cancers later in life. The time to use sunblock is now especially in fair skinned children.

Answered 5/12/2016

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Dr. Coyle Connolly answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Sunscreen : Regular sunscreen use combined with hats, sun protective clothing , sunglasses , etc. Will help reduce the chance of skin cancer development and premature skin aging.

Answered 11/28/2017

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Dr. Richard Zienowicz answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Very!: Sunburns in children have been definitively associated with a marked increase in the appearance of adult melanomas. Please take every precaution to eliminate the risk of sunburn in your child.

Answered 3/8/2017

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Dr. Joseph Rousso answered

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Dangerous: This is extremely dangerous. You must insist on his application of sunscreen, your suns long-term skin protection is a must.

Answered 4/3/2016

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Dr. Yuly Gorodisky answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

Damage accumulates: Sun damage accumulates throughout life. If this damage starts early, your child will likely have pigment and aging issues in the future. It best to keep the skin coverd at all times when in he sun.

Answered 10/28/2017

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Dr. William Zachary answered

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Risky: The trouble is this: even one or two really severe sunburns can predispose people to malignant melanoma, the most aggressive and dangerous form of skin cancer. I'd be firm with the husband that they must wear it or not go outside.

Answered 11/28/2017

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Dr. Stephen Weber answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

This is a problem: Many schools now require that kids come to school with sunscreen. We know that the worst types of skin cancer result from early, episodic sunburns like your child has experienced. This is not a guarantee that your child will develop skin cancer but their risk is certainly heightened by repeated sunburns.

Answered 4/3/2016

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Dr. Michael Macri answered

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Not good: Use skin block in all children especially fair skinned and always re apply.

Answered 4/25/2015

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Dr. Barry Cohen answered

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Bad news: Severe burns in fair people are leading cause of melanoma. Make sure he does it.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Charlene Sojico answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Absolute must : That you apply the highest spf available to protect skin from sunburn and skin cancer, later on in life. Little ones are very sensitive, even just the hot breeze can cause sunburn to certain degrees! just tell your son, who is ten years old , to ask dad to help him put it on as a gentle reminder to avoid a negative response.Good luck!

Answered 11/28/2017

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Dr. David Hardin answered

Specializes in Wound care

Very: Very dangerous if they have had blistering sunburns they have already increased their lifetime risk for melanoma. Please, for the childs future implore that sunscreen must be used.

Answered 4/3/2016

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