The longer children are exposed to UV radiation and the more intense the UV radiation, the greater their risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Sun exposure during the first 15 years of life contributes significantly more towards developing skin cancer than equivalent sun exposure at any other time of life. In our harsh Australian climate, most children are unavoidably exposed to considerable amounts of solar radiation, which is why it is important adequate measures are implemented to protect children’s skin. The best means of protecting your children's skin while they are exposed to UV light is to ensure they wear long sleeved, UPF50+ protective swimwear or clothing.
Clothing and swimwear with a UPF50+ rating offers much better protection against the sun than sunscreen. Sunscreen does not provide total protection against all UV rays. Regardless of the SPF, no sunscreen protects you completely. Even with proper sunscreen use, some rays get through, which is why using physical forms of sun protection is so important.