Any time your child is outside, it’s vital to guard their skin against the sun’s dangerous UV rays. Even a few serious sunburns can drastically increase their chances of developing skin damage or skin cancer later in life. No matter if your child will be hanging out at the beach all season or in a Franklin, TN, preschool, keeping them protected against the sun is crucial. But there is more to sun protection than just applying a little sunscreen. Use the sun safety tips below to keep your kid safe when they’re outside.
Though it may seem obvious, this tip is well worth mentioning. The American Academy of Dermatology advises that all children wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 while outside. Choose a broad-spectrum sunblock that protects against UVA and UVB rays. If your kid is playing in or near water, make sure you use a water-resistant sunscreen. Apply sunscreen at least an hour before they head outside and reapply frequently. Often, kids get sunburnt after being out for longer than expected, so always remember to pack extra sunscreen. Keep in mind, too, that kids can even get burnt on cloudy and cool days. No matter the weather, apply sunscreen to your child.
PUT ON SUNGLASSES
The sun’s rays can harm the eyes just as much as they can harm the skin. Just one day out in the sun can result in a burned cornea. Over time, sun exposure can even lead to cataracts when they get older. To protect their eyes, instruct your child to wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection when they’re playing outside.
STAY INDOORS WHEN THE SUN IS STRONGEST
The sun’s rays are at their strongest from 10 a.m. to around 4 p.m. During that time, try to spend as much time inside or in the shade as you can. If your kids are going to be out in the sun, be sure to apply sunblock and reapply often. Remember, sunscreen isn’t just for the beach; kids get sunburns more often when doing everyday activities, such as playing in the backyard or going outside for recess.
Another way to protect your kid’s skin is by encouraging them to cover up. Skin that’s covered by clothing won’t be as likely to burn. To see if your children’s clothing offers enough sun protection, put your hand inside of it and see if you can see through the garment. If you can, the clothing item won’t offer enough sun protection. If it’s cool enough outside, dress your child in long sleeves and pants. They should also wear a hat to keep the sun out of their eyes and off their faces. If you will be outdoors for a while, you may want to bring a broad umbrella or play tent so your child can play in the shade when the sun gets too strong.
CHECK THEIR MEDICATIONS
Does your child take any medicines regularly? Certain medications make the skin more sensitive to the sun’s UV rays. To be sure, talk to your pediatrician or pharmacist to see if any over-the-counter or prescription medicines that your child takes causes sun sensitivity.
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