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Dear doc,

My son is 5yrs old.He has a big mole on his right cheek. We stay in dubai and here peak temp around 40c. Today he was exposed to directly sunlight for about an hour at 2.30 pm when we went out.Is it ok to go out with sun screen? I am worried about his UV exposure.He is not usually exposed to sun light.



Dear Pooja,

This depends on
a) What kind of mole it is and
b) Whether you have observed his mole enlarging when exposed to the son and
c) if a sunscreen does work, what is its power

I think that birth moles do not respond with sun exposure in any way, and they remain the same. If a mole starts increasing in size and makes you worry if it is undergoing malignant degeneration, then it won't be due to sunlight exposure.

You can safely use a sunscreen with an SPF of between 15-25 for his age, but I don't think you should overly worry just because he has a mole.

Dr. Taher


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Dr. Taher Kagalwala


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Indian Academy of Pediatrics, life member. Mumbai Branch of the I.A.P., life member. Genetics Chapter of the I.A.P.

Indian Pediatrics, Indian Journal of Pediatrics, Toxicology Abstracts.

M.D., M.R.C.P.C.H. (U.K.), Ph. D. (U.S.A.) D.C.H.

Awards and Honors
Gold Medallist in D.C.H., April, 1985
Highest aggregate marks in University of Mumbai, for M.D. ( Pediatrics ), October 1986.
Passed out with distinction from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, U.K. in 2015.

Past/Present Clients
1. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (K.E.M. Hospital) 2. Private consulting practice. Worked as the Asst. Paediatrician and DNB Teacher at Masina Hospital. Also visiting Saifee Hospital, Mumbai. 3. Ministry of Health in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Specialist Paediatrician. 4. Now with the NHS, UK as a Specialist Paediatric Registrar at Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.

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