Joel Schlessinger MD featured as an expert on Huffington Post about sunscreen use in schools

Joel Schlessinger MD featured as an expert on Huffington Post about sunscreen use in schools

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was recently featured on the Huffington Post about the use of sunscreen in schools. The video clip gives the opinion of Dr. Joel Schlessinger and two mothers with differing views on the use of sunscreens in schools.

Many schools have banned the use of sunscreen for children yet the children are exposed to direct sunlight during outdoor recess. Many parents are up in arms about sunburns while some parents and administration are concerned about legal and medical consequences.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger was very shocked to hear about this new rule. While he understands why the administration has formed such a regulation, he disagrees with it.

“Two or more blistering sunburns can increase the risk of melanoma by up to 10 times later on in life. So this isn’t just a minor issue, this is a very serious issue that they allowed this to happen,” he said.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger agreed with Jesse Michner, a mother whose children recently came home from school with severe sunburns because they were not allowed to apply sunscreen during a school field day.

“This is not a question of political correctness, this is about doing the right thing for the kids you’re taking care of,” said Dr. Joel Schlessinger.

To stay safe from the sun, follow these other helpful tips from Dr. Joel Schlessinger.


About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on August 28, 2012, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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