It is almost summertime and hopefully would be getting a lot of sunshine this year, so I am sharing some tips here on keeping children safe in the sun when on a day out, picnic, on the beach, kayaking and some other summer time family fun activities. Here are those tips:
• Keep your child out of the sun between 11 and 3pm when the sun is highest and most dangerous.
• Keep babies under 6 months of age out of the sun altogether.
• Make the most of shades, like picnicking under a tree, on the beach with a little tent or a beach umbrella.
• Don’t let children run around all day in a swimsuit or without any clothes on.
• Cover your child up in a loose baggy cotton clothes such as oversized t-shirts with sleeves.
• In particular, protect your child’s shoulders, neck, and back of the neck when they are playing as these are the most common areas for sunburn.
• Let your child wear a legionnaire’s hat or a floppy hat with a wide brim that shades the face and neck.
• Cover the exposed parts of your child’s skin with sunscreen, even on cloudy or overcast days. Use one with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above and which is effective against UVA and UVB. Re-apply often.
• Protect your child’s eyes with sunglasses with an ultraviolet filter.
• Use waterproof sun block if your child is swimming.
Attached here is a photo of my little Chloe taken from last years summer kayaking family day out.