• Kris Aquino May Actually Have a Point About Sunburn

    It shouldn't be taken so lightly especially when it comes to kids

  • Photo from @withlovekrisaquino/Instagram

    Many people called Kris Aquino out for comparing workers’ struggles during the APEC week to her sunburn, even going as far as saying “Quits na tayo”, a Filipino way of saying “We’re even.” Filipinos had to walk kilometers under the heat of the sun just to get to work due to the many road closes during the APEC summit week.

    Kris Aquino had to spend some time under the sun too as she was tasked to tour the APEC guests around historic Intramuros. Evidently, she failed to put on sun block. She posted a photo of her sunburn on her Instagram account with the caption, “Quits na tayo sa lahat ng nahirapan mag-commute these past days. Patas ang mundo, patche-patche naman ang balat ko.”

    The internet was quick to comment calling her post “insensitive”, “disappointing” and “uncalled for.” See some of the comments below, compiled by Spot.ph.

    It seems like Kris Aquino has seen the error of her ways for just a day after her sunburn complaint, she posted an apology calling her “failed attempt at self deprecating humor” as “spoiled” and “insensitive.”  

    “In the future I will leave the joking to Vice Ganda, PROMISE,” she said.

    Seeing as Kris has apologized, we’d like to point out that on some level, the TV personality has a point. Obviously The Queen of All Media’s light red sunburn isn’t a cause for alarm, but parents should note that the heat of the sun can be dangerous and can even lead to severe skin damage. It shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially when it comes to kids.  


    Photo from Pixabay

    A child's skin is more sensitive to the sun compared to an adult’s; this is especially so for babies whose skins are highly susceptible to the sun's damaging effects. 

    “Sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by 80 percent,” says The Skin Cancer Foundation. Plus, only one severe sunburn in childhood doubles the risk for melanoma which according to Mayo Clinic is the most serious types of skin cancer.

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    From zero to six months old, an infant’s skin contains very little melanin. Melanin is a pigment that colors the skin giving it protection from harmful rays.  The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that children of this age should be kept out of the sun.

    Children six months and above can safely use sun block to protect their skin. Choose one that has an SPF 15+ or higher, as recommended by the Cancer Research UK, to be applied on exposed skin, except on your child’s hands, 30 minutes before sun exposure. 

    It’s best to look for sun block that’s labeled as “broad spectrum” for maximum protection.  Don’t forget to make your child wear a hat and sunglasses too. If need be, keep reapplying sun block as it is easily rubbed off, sweated off and washed off. Keep hydrated as sun block cannot protect your child from the heat, only the sun’s rays. 

    Did you take notes, Kris?


    Sources:
    Undated. "Sun Safety Tips for Infants, Babies and Toddlers". skincancer.org
    June, 16, 2015. "Melanoma". mayoclinic.org
    Sept. 9, 2014. "Skin cancer prevention". cancerresearchuk.org 

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