Protecting our children from the sun’s harmful rays can be challenging. Even on a cloudy day there’s always a risk that your children could get sunburnt.
Babies in particular are at risk because of how thin their skin it. Although the summer months are a great time to get outdoors as a family, it’s also when children are most at risk. Babies and young children overheat quickly and become dehydrated. As such it’s so important to follow some simple sun safety tips.
Here are some tips to keep your children safe in the sun.
Naturally this should be the very first tip on any parents sun safety list, but how do you know what sunscreen you should use?
The NHS website advises that you use a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to protect against UVB, and it should have at least 4-star UVA protection. Check your sunscreen bottle for the letters UVA on it in a circle. This indicates that it meets the EU standard.
It’s also important that you apply sunscreen properly. It should be applied 20-30 minutes before going outdoors. Lots of people focus on shoulders, backs, arms and legs. However it’s important that you also apply sunscreen to the face, ears, feet and backs of hands too.
Like many parents I worry about making sure my children are protected whilst at school. Naturally I always make sure they have sunscreen on before taking them to school, but when most guidelines recommend reapplying sunscreen every two hours, what are parents to do then?
Well there are some options available. Solar Buddies is a popular choice for many parents. It’s a unique, refillable applicator that has been specifically designed for use by children. As they’re refillable parents can use the sunscreen of their choice.
It’s easy for children to use themselves because the shape of the bottle is chunky meaning it’s easier for children to grip. It has a sponge and rollerball partnership which allows for easy coverage with less mess and no waste due to its controlled flow so parents don’t need to worry about their children getting covered in sunscreen plus it keeps hand mess and sticky free!
Solar Buddies are also a great sun safe teaching tool to allow children to understand the importance of protecting their skin.
Equally as important as applying sunscreen to your children, it’s also important to make sure they’re covered up.
Dressing children in light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes that cover as much of their skin as possible is a good idea. Cotton clothing works best. Plus children should always wear a hat with a brim that shades their face. Hats that come with a flap on the back to cover their necks are also a good choice.
Like adults, children can also wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun. When choosing sunglasses for your children make sure they have UV protection.
Encourage children to play in the shade
Granted most children like to play in the sun’s golden rays, but encouraging children to play in the shade is important. You could put up a sun umbrella, perhaps play under the shade of some trees or use a sun tent. All are great options that still allow your children to play outdoors.
It’s especially important to encourage play in the shade during the hours of 11am and 4pm as this is when the sun is at its strongest.
Children are more prone to dehydration in hot weather compared to adults because their bodies can’t cool down as efficiently as an adult.
That’s why It’s important to keep children hydrated in the hot weather. I find the best way to do this is to make sure there’s always a full bottle of water to hand and try to offer your children something to drink every half hour.
By following these tips you can make sure that everyone enjoys the sun safely when you’re out and about.
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