Five tips to make sun safety for kids simple
August 21, 2017Adam Fitch
We’ve still got a month or so of summer left in Great Britain, so it’s important you’re aware of the dangers that are posed from the sun. We all need to be out in the sun for a healthy dose of vitamin D, but it doesn’t take long to get a sufficient amount. If you stay out in the sun unprotected for too long, the sun’s rays can cause skin damage, immune system suppression, and even skin cancer in the worst cases. This article offers five tips to make sun safety for kids simple, helping children to stay safe while they’re out having fun in the sun.
Being unprotected in front of the sun’s rays is only beneficial for a small amount of time. It’s recommended that sunscreen is applied in good time before kids go out in the sun. Don’t neglect any exposed part of the body, whether it’s their nose, hands, feet or neck.
If kids are out in the sun for a prolonged period time – or they’ve gone swimming – it’s sensible to reapply sunscreen after a couple of hours.
Time and place
If there’s a choice of when kids can go out in the sun, it’s advised that times between 10am and 4pm are avoided. These times are when the sun is as its most intense. Plan activities for kids in the morning or the evening for maximum safety from harmful UV rays.
Not only that, but picking an area that is in the shade is advised, though that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply sunscreen or cover kids – light reflects!
Wear clothing that will protect kids from the sun’s rays. White clothes may seem like a good idea, but they are no good in the sun – when body heat hits white clothes, it gets reflected back towards the body. Instead, dress kids in dark colours and make sure they wear a hat for extra protection.
A good pair of sunglasses made to BS EN 1836:2005 will work wonders, too!
Monitor how kids are acting when they’re out in the sun. Physical exertion matched with intense heat and the beaming sun can be dangerous! Make sure kids take regular breaks when playing, and drink water or juice on a regular basis to stay hydrated.
Set an example
If you follow these simple sun safety tips, then there’s a better chance of your kid doing the same. Protecting skin from UV rays is not just for kids; it’s important that every member of the family is readily prepared for being out in the sun.
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