Sun Safety for Kids
We are having a scorcher of a summer so far and it does not look like it is stopping any time soon. As the sun is beaming with no sign of slowing down, we need to take extra care with our children (and adults for that matter) on hot, sunny days. With the weather usually dull and rainy here in the UK, base tans are something as a nation we are lacking. The sun can be dangerous and damage skin easily, so being prepared and ready for the weather is the best way to combat this. We recommend families try and always be sun aware and take necessary precautions to protect children from the harmful rays of the sun.
High factor sun cream
Did you recognise you will now buy specially formulated sun cream for kids? this sort of sun cream is typically a high factor (normally 50 SPF or more) and can protect your kids much better than adult sun creams. it is always important to recollect to use sun cream on cloudy days as harmful UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds.
Reapply sun cream especially after swimming
Even if you have got bought waterproof sun cream, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Drying children with a kids towel once they begin of the water, can abrade sun cream so always re-apply. albeit your kids are not exposed to water, you ought to re-apply sun cream every two to 3 hours because it could have worn off therein time.
Avoid the hottest times of the day
The suns’ rays are most harmful within the heat of the day. With this in mind, try to not be out together with your children within the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During these times, the sun is at its strongest and may do most damage.
Stay in the shade
Keep children within the shade the maximum amount as possible. Use a parasol, umbrella or a children’s crop up tent, albeit you've got full sun block on them. This keeps them cooler and keeps them out of the sun.
Wear protective clothing
Even though your kids are covered in high factor sun cream, confirm they wear sun visors, hats and sun glasses, once they are within the sun not only to guard their eyes and faces, but also the fragile skin on their scalp too.
When having many fun on holiday, kids will often forget to stay hydrated and thus it's essential that they're constantly drinking and keeping their fluids up. Kids got to drink water every hour approximately and can got to be reminded.
Keep the skin moisturised
In the sun the skin will dry out, so moisturising the skin whilst on holiday is extremely important. A top tip here however, is that perfumed skincare products make the skin more sun sensitive? So, confirm your kids wear nothing perfumed and only apply moisturiser in the dark.
How are you staying cool in this weather? Are you enjoying some safe outdoor fun in the sun with sun cream or are you staying inside in the shade? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.