The summer sun has arrived and just in time for the start of the summer holidays. It’s time to relax and make the most of the weather, together as a family. Brothers and sisters are home from school and there’s plenty of time to make the most of the great outdoors. However, it’s important to remember sun safety and begin teaching children early on about how to play safe without getting sunburnt. Here are a few simple tips that will help everyone get the vitamin D they need, safely.
- Always avoid being out in direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day. Plan your day to make it easier to bring everyone indoors or under shade between 11am and 3pm in the UK. This is true even on overcast days as the UV rays can travel through the clouds and cause damage and sunburn.
- Put on plenty of sunscreen about half an hour before you go out. Make sure the whole body is covered, even parts that will be covered. If you can see your hand through the fabric of the clothes the UV rays will still be able to reach the skin.
- It’s tempting to let children run around with just their nappies on, but covering up is an effective way of shielding the skin against UV rays. Pick light cotton clothes that will help your child to remain comfortable but still provide some protection.
- Keep infants out of the sun as they have very delicate skin. Make sure they are in the shade as much as possible, even if you have to use an umbrella.
- Umbrella’s, gazebos and pop up tents are great to use in the garden to help your children remain out of the sun. Place some of their favourite toys and books inside to encourage them to play in the shaded spot for longer.
- Place sandpits and paddling pools in shaded spots.
- Use sunscreen all day long. Read the recommended time schedule on the bottle, usually every 2 hours, and remember to reapply if your child gets wet or goes swimming. The higher the SPF the more protection they provide.
- Use a sunscreen that offers UVB and UVA protection, they’re often labelled as broad spectrum sunscreen.
- Provide plenty of drinks to avoid dehydration.
- Moisturise the skin after bath time.
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