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Tips about sun safety for kids this summer

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I love taking my son and daughter outside to play. It is the highlight of our day. In the warmer months, we hit the park just about everyday. Most of the time, we take short trips outside two or three times a day. It allows us time to play and be silly.

However, with all the time we spend outside, I make sure my little ones are protected from the sun. Here are the sun safety for kids tips that my family uses.

  • Sunscreen, sunscreen, and more sunscreen! I can’t emphasize it enough. ALWAYS PUT ON SUNSCREENbefore going outside. It does not matter who you are. While it is true that darker skin is better protected from sun damage because of more melanin that is in darker skin, however all skin can get sunburned. And not only is sunburn painful, it is also a sign of sun damage and the more sun damage to the skin, the higher the risk of skin cancer.The best sunscreen is one that protects against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 15 or higher. SPF protects the skin against sunburn and tanning. And the higher the number, the more protection.

    It is best to apply sunscreen to all body parts that are not covered by clothes. Don’t forget the nose, ears, hands, feet, shoulders, lips, cheeks, and behind the neck. And don’t be stingy. Apply sunscreen liberally at least 30 minutes before going outside. That way, it can be absorbed into the skin. Reapply after 2 hours, swimming, or sweating.

    Tips about sun safety for kids this summer

  • The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades. Wearing sunglasses now can prevent cataracts later. However not all sunglasses are created equal. It is best to wear sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection. Shades that do not have the “100% UV Protection” label do not protect the eyes from sun damage. UV protection sunglasses are available for kids as well as adults.
  • The finest clothing made is a person’s skin.One of the best ways to protect your little one’s skin is to cover them up. To see if their clothes will protect them from harmful UV rays, hold it up to see how much light shines through. The less light, the better it will protect.Another sun safety for kids tip is wearing a hat. Wearing a hat is a great way to protect the head from sunburns. However make sure your little one wears a hat with a brim because the brim will protect the face and ears.
  • ”The early bird catches less UV rays”.(I need to copyright this one.)We all need sun exposure because this is the main way we get our vitamin D. And it is vitamin D that allows us to absorb calcium that makes our bones and teeth strong. However, a little goes a long way. It’s best to avoid the sun for prolonged times when the UV rays are the strongest. Limit the time out in the sun during the hours of 10AM to 4PM. Even on cloudy days, the UV rays travel through clouds. Clouds do not filter out UV rays and these rays reflect off sand, water, and even concrete.

    However if you are like my family, staying indoors during these hours is not practical, so we make sure to use a stronger sunscreen and limit the amount of time we are outside. We use an SPF 30 (use one with a higher SPF if your skin needs it) sunscreen, which is good for this time of the day. We also use an SPF 15 when the UV rays aren’t so high. I also make sure to reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours, or after sweating or swimming.

  • Lead by example.Always wear your sunscreen and sunglasses. This sun safety tip keeps you looking young and keeps your skin healthy.When my little ones see me wearing my sunglasses, they always want to put theirs on. I have to admit, getting them to put on sunscreen is not as fun as putting on their cool shades, but if you make applying sunscreen a part of their (and your) daily sun safety routine, it will make it easier for them to do it everyday.

Do you have a baby that is less than 6 months old?
Unfortunately your little one cannot use sunscreen like the big kids can, however if their arms, legs, and head are covered and he/she is under a shade, he/she should be ok. And if there is no way to avoid direct sunlight, the American Academy of Pediatrics says it is ok to apply a small amount of sunscreen.