Sun Safety – Sun Safety For Kids

03-Aug-2012 by Lisa Bradburn

Hasn’t the weather in the UK been awful this summer?

We therefore need to take even more care if going on holiday to somewhere in the sun, as children, (and adults for that matter) are just not used to hot sunny days and baking temperatures. We have had no time to become acclimatised to the sun and have no base tan either.

So if you are going away with your children this year in search of some summer sun, it is more important than ever to be aware of how the hot sun can damage our skin.

The sun can be very dangerous at this time of year, especially for kids due to their soft, young, delicate skin. So be sun aware and take the necessary precautions to protect your kids from the harmful sunrays.

Below is some advice for parents if you are holidaying in the sun.

  • Make sure you use a sun cream with a high factor.

Did you know you can now buy specially formulated sun cream for kids? These contain a very high factor (normally 50 SPF or more) and will protect your kids far better than adult sun creams do. Make sure you use sun cream on cloudy days too as harmful UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds.

  • Keep reapplying the sun cream especially after swimming.

Even if you have bought water resistant sun cream, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Drying children with a kids towel when they come out of the sea or pool, can rub sun cream off easily, so always re-apply. Even if your kids aren’t exposed to water, be sure to re-apply cream every two to three hours as it could have worn off in that time.

  • Try to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

The suns’ rays are most harmful in the heat of the day. Try not to be out with your children in the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as this is when the sun is at its strongest and can do most damage.

  • Try to stay in the shade.

Keep children in the shade as much as possible. Use a parasol, umbrella or a tent, even if you have full sun block on them.

  • Wear protective clothing.

Even though your kids are covered in high factor sun cream, make sure they wear sun visors, hats and sun glasses, even a hooded towel, when they are in the sun not only to protect their eyes and faces, but also the delicate skin on their scalp too. Be extremely careful if girls get their hair braided as the scalp then becomes very exposed. Encourage them to have their hair braided towards the end of the holiday.

  • Keep hydrated – drink lots of fluids.

It’s very easy for kids to forget to drink when they are having so much fun. Kids need to drink water every hour or so and will need to be reminded. So don’t forget to take your kids’ drinks bottles with you.

  • Keep the skin moisturized.

In the sun the skin will dry out, so moisturizing the skin whilst away is very important. However, did you know that perfumed skincare products make the skin more sun sensitive? So make sure your kids wear nothing perfumed and only apply moisturizer to their skin at night.

If you’ve been on a child friendly holiday this year we’d love to hear from you. We as parents are always looking for great places to take children on holiday, so please let us know where you’ve been and if you would recommend it to other families?

By Lisa Bradburn

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