Most sun damage occurs in childhood, and research shows a child or teen who suffers two or more blistering sunburns has an increased risk of developing skin cancer later in life, wrote UTMB Drs. Sally Robinson and Keith Bly in their Keeping Kids Healthy column. “Teaching your children good sun-safety habits is an important step in protecting their future. It is hard to keep children indoors and out of the sun. … But just like carbohydrates and candy, too much sun can be dangerous for you and your children. … Infants and small children have thinner skin and are more sensitive to sunburn, so take extra precautions to guard them against sunburn. Protect even babies’ and young children’s eyes from indirect and reflected light with broad-spectrum ultraviolet ray resistant sunglasses. If your baby is younger than 1 and gets sunburn, contact your pediatrician at once. If a child older than 1 gets sunburn leading to blistering, fever and pain, call your pediatrician. Severe sunburn is an emergency.”