Before our September walk, Dr. Victoria Farley gave a great, kid-friendly talk about protecting our skin in the sun. It's good for children and adults to spend time playing and exercising outdoors, and it's important to do so safely.

Everyone is at risk for sunburn. Children especially need to be protected from the sun's burning rays, since most sun damage occurs in childhood. Sunscreen can help protect the skin from sunburn and some skin cancers but only if used correctly. Keep in mind that sunscreen should be used for sun protection, not as a reason to stay in the sun longer.

If your baby is younger than 1 year and gets sunburn, call your baby's doctor right away. For older children, call your child's doctor if there is blistering, pain, or fever.

Follow these links for more helpful information from the American Academy of Pediatrics: