Patricia Krentcil of New Jersey was arrested for allegedly taking her 5-year-old daughter to a tanning booth after the girl sustained burns. The mom has been charged with second-degree child endangerment. I have to assume that first-degree stupidity charges are still pending.
Last year I had surgery to remove skin cancer from my face, so I am always amazed about how little people seem to care about children and tanning.
In New Jersey it is illegal for children under 14 to use tanning beds.
Besides the obvious question of why would anyone go to a tanning salon ever, much less take a child to one, what is interesting to me about this story is that the little girl’s parents are claiming that the child did not tan at the salon but rather got the burns by playing outside. From the sun.
Obviously I have no idea what really happened, and I really hope for all humanity that this mother had the good sense not to let her child tan in a salon. Nevertheless, it is alarming that some parents do not recognize the dangers of letting children go without sunscreen on sunny days. The statistics about sunburns in children are sobering. Most people get 50 to 85 percent of their total lifetime sun exposure by the time they are 18, so it is incredibly important to protect children from the sun. As in wearing sun protection on sunny days.
Because seemingly harmless sunburns now can lead to skin cancer later. Like it did for me.