One of the most important jobs as a parent is to educate your children, including sun care. You need to realize that you are the main role model in your child’s life and it’s up to you to teach your children all about summer safety so they live a long, safe, happy life. Use the following guide, which includes sun protection products, to keep you and your baby safe in the (warm) summer sun.
- Talk to your children, (no matter how young) about the importance of summer and sun safety. Keeping an open dialogue about safety is a great way to keep them in tune about what they should and shouldn’t in the warm weather months.
- Avoid the sun from 10am in the morning until 4pm in the afternoon is key, because during these hours the sun is the strongest and most dangerous. If you must be outside during these times, be sure to provide your child with proper amount of shade. Furthermore, limit the amount of time you are outside during these hours.
- Because sun rays, especially UVA that’s linked to skin cancer, can penetrate the glass and not all car windows are sun-proof, you need to consider sun protection even when you are in the car. Equip your vehicles with sun visors and sunshades to protect your children’s eyes and skin from the hot sun.
- Whenever you’re outside, dress your children in sunglasses and hats. This is a great way to protect their little necks, faces, and ears from getting burned from the sun. If you have a hard time keeping these accessories on your kids, opt for ones that have straps that make it a little harder for them to remove.
- If your child is under 6 months old, he or she should avoid the sun. You can protect them from the sun by dressing them in long sleeve, loose light clothing.
A baby’s skin is delicate, so consult a pediatrician or dermatologist concerning a sound sunscreen for your baby under 6-month-old.
- Purchase sun protection products to wear any time you and your child will be outdoors. Anyone (including children from age of 6 months up) should use a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 and apply it liberally to cover all possibly sun-exposed areas. If you have an active toddler that won’t stand still long enough for you to apply lotion, look for spray-on type products that are water resistant. Also always remember to reapply every 3 hours for maximum protection.
As your children grow and see your sun safety measures, they will follow in your footsteps.
Heather B has always loved the summer and going out in the sun. She always likes to share helpful information on protecting yourself from the hot summer sun with others.