At last, it looks like warmer weather is here to stay! Summer is around the corner and the sun is out – which means that it’s time to get sun smart. Some exposure to the sun is healthy for all of us – it’s the easiest way to get our daily dose of vitamin D, which helps keep bones and teeth strong and healthy. However, too much sun exposure can cause skin damage, eye damage, and skin cancer. This summer, make sure that your kids are protected from the sun and its dangerous UV rays!
Avoid the Sun’s Strongest Rays
The sun is at its strongest between 10am and 4pm.
Do your best to stick to the shade when the sun is out, especially when it is at its strongest. Babies and infants burn more easily than older kids and adults, so they should be kept out of the sun. Rest under a tree, umbrella, tent, or other sun protection gear.
Dress children in light, loose clothing that protects them from the sun, such as long-sleeved cotton shirts and pants. Keep heads and faces safe with wide-brimmed hats.
For best protection, select a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher that protects from both UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours, or after swimming or sweating. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the ears, hands, feet, shoulders, neck, nose, and lips, as well as under the straps of bathing suits and sandles! Remember that sunscreen expires, so check the expiration date on the bottle.
Don’t Forget About Your Eyes
Keep your eyes safe from sun damage by wearing sunglasses with UV protection.
Does all this talk about sunshine make you want to get outside and play?