Dolls Can Teach Kids About Sun Protection
Dr. Marcus Goodman at Goodman Dermatology in Roswell, GA thought this was a great idea. Nivea, the body care lotion company, has come out with something really unique! Boy and girl dolls that can help children, and their parents, visualize what getting too much sun can do to their skin. The dolls are actually UV-sensitive. If you take the dolls out in the sun, once exposed they turn bright red. However, if your child applies sunscreen, the doll stays its normal shade. It’s a great way to teach your child the dangers of being out in the sun without protection.
The dolls are made of a special plastic that has the ability to turn bright red when out in the sun. While you want your children to apply sun screen before they go out in the sun, many times they are just too impatient and sometimes won’t hold still long enough while sun screen is being applied. If they have their doll with them, they can see if turn red and will probably want to apply some sunscreen to their doll to make the red go-away. Then the lesson has been learned and you can get them to apply more sun scree to possible spots that have been missed. They may even remind mom and dad about applying sun screen to themselves as well!
We know you can’t wait to go buy several to give your little ones, but unfortunately they aren’t available quite yet. As soon as we find out when and where you can buy, we’ll let you know. So in the mean time, it’s still up to you to make sure that everyone is well covered with sunscreen whenever they plan to be outdoors, even if it’s only for a short time. Statistics from the Skin Cancer Foundation show that one blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma late in life. It doubles again if they have had five or more sunburns at any age.
Goodman Dermatology is always looking out for your best interest. Enjoy, but be safe this summer and come see us for your annual skin check up. Located in Roswell, GA and attracting patients from Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Marietta, Cumming, and Sandy Springs.