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Is a tanned child healthier than a pale child?

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As long as the pale child is not anemic, there is no health benefit to having a tan.

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As long as the pale child is not anemic, there is no health benefit to having a tan.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Jean Wagner
Pediatrics
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In brief: Not necessarily

Tanning indicates actual sun damage to the skin.
Although some skin color change is unavoidable with sun exposure, you should always apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30 and reapply frequently or after swimming. Wear hats and avoid the sun during the midday. Exposing unprotected skin to the sun increases risk for skin cancers and sunburns.

In brief: Not necessarily

Tanning indicates actual sun damage to the skin.
Although some skin color change is unavoidable with sun exposure, you should always apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or 30 and reapply frequently or after swimming. Wear hats and avoid the sun during the midday. Exposing unprotected skin to the sun increases risk for skin cancers and sunburns.
Dr. Jean Wagner
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