Does Your Toddler Wear Shades?

Suzanne Murray
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Sunglasses for kids always seem like more of a summertime fashion statement than a health measure. But that shouldn't be the case. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, toddlers (and babies, and big kids, and their mamas) should be wearing sunglasses whenever the sun is shining, no matter the season.

During the winter, reflections from snow can make UV rays even stronger so it's important for you tot to wear shades when playing in the snow.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children’s eyes are at increased risk for permanent damage from sunlight until they are at least 10 years old, because they let in greater amounts of damaging UV light. Future problems could include loss of vision and cataracts.

Some to try: Real Kid Shades, $14.99 - $19.99.

Does your kid wear sunglasses in winter?

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