Wow… while parents should do what they can so their children don’t burn (it hurts!), calling the cops is simply nuts. Scaring the public about about skin cancer from sunburn is fear-mongering.
The Daily Mail reports:
Children who get badly sunburned should be referred to social services, say campaigners.
They insist parents are guilty of ‘neglect’ if they allow their children to get so severely burned they need hospital treatment.
Skin cancer and burns charities say that in cases where health staff have concerns they should report the child’s condition to social workers.
The claim that getting a sunburn as a child triples the risk of skin cancer is nothing short of inflammatory and junk science-based — if nothing else, epidemiologic studies provide no information on “risk.” Stay tuned for more on the tanning scare coming shortly from JunkScience.