A new study on sun exposure for infants is described in the following CNN article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/06/06/sun.exposure.babies/
In fact, sun-related skin changes that occur as early as the first year of life may trigger a cascade of reactions that could lead to melanoma and other forms of skin cancer later in life, according to a new review in the July issue of Pediatrics.
The study was authored by Johnson and Johnson employees by the way.
One study cited in the review has projected that 1 in 33 babies born today will develop melanoma during their lives, versus 1 in 1,500 babies born in 1935.
And this is because infants in 1935 got less sun?
The American Academy of Pediatrics, which publishes Pediatrics, advises parents to keep children 6 months or younger out of the sun completely.
Are you serious? :(
Infants need to be protected even from incidental sun exposure, Tamburro says. "It's not only about 'I'm going to the beach now or [getting] in the sun,'" she says. "It's even a car ride or walking to the store. It's the recreational exposure also."
I'm dumbfounded. Is there any validity to this? Am I to believe that our ancestors avoided walks in the sun while rearing children?