How To Protect Your Children From The Sun
While it is encouraged to let your kids play outside and enjoy some sun, they should always do so with sun protection. If you’re heading on a family vacation with a lot of outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming, they will need as much protection from sun exposure as possible. We all need sun exposure to get ample amounts of vitamin D, which promotes calcium absorption for healthier and stronger bones. However, prolonged and repeated sun exposure puts us at risk of skin damage, immune system suppression, and even skin cancer from exposure to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Therefore, it’s important to start making ample sun protection a part of your kids’ everyday routine to avoid sunburns and reduce the risk of skin cancer later in life. Also, choose the best natural sunscreens to give your kids.
Here are some tips to remember to ensure your children are well-protected while playing out in the sun:
Cover them up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever possible.
These types of clothing will serve as their primary protection from the UV rays, with those made from tightly-woven fabric giving the best protection. Also, consider clothes that are especially made with ultraviolet protection certification, which come with information about the ultraviolet protection factor.
Make sure there are shades in your backyard or your children’s outdoor play area for shelter during the midday.
The sun’s UV rays are at their strongest or most harmful at midday, so it’s important that you teach them to seek shelter around this time. Ideally, kids should be kept busy with indoor activities during midday. However, if they want to keep playing in the backyard, make sure they have some shelter like a tent, a tree house, or a playhouse where they can take cover from the sun’s harsh rays.
Sunscreen for kids are now available in many variants, formulation, and SPF, so make sure to get one that is at least SPF 15 for daily use, and SPF 30 or 50 for occasions where they will most likely be under the sun for longer periods. It is best to apply sunscreen generously at least 30 minutes before they head out or prior to outdoor activities.
Also, don’t forget to always keep a sunscreen handy whenever you are outdoors with your kids, as you will need to reapply it several times during the day, especially with activities like swimming or sports. It is also important to take note of any allergic reaction on your child, as each sunscreen is made using different ingredients.
Make them wear hats.
Hats will keep your kids’ face, ears, neck, and scalp while they’re outdoors, and since they’re easy to use, they do a great job of providing protection to the head area. However, if your children prefer designs that keep their ears and neck unprotected, make sure to apply sunscreen on these exposed areas.
Make them wear sunglasses.
It’s not only your children’s skin that needs sun protection – their eyes should also be protected in order to prevent them from developing cataracts due to UV rays later in life. Ideally, the sunglasses should cover the entire area, and offers as close to 100% of UVA and UVB protection as possible.