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Back-to-School and Summer Health Questions



Q. I've warned my son about skin cancer, but he still won't wear sunscreen. What else can I say to convince him?

A. We've been there too: You drill home the long-term effects of sun exposure, only to get an "it-can't-happen-to-me" eye roll. But here's a strategy that might just get his attention—at least for now: Kids are more likely to apply sunscreen when they learn that UV rays cause premature aging, according to a new study from the University of Colorado. Buy the spray-on kind, which some kids find easier to apply, and remind him to spritz the sunscreen onto his hand before applying to his face.