The sun is a very important ingredient to a healthy life, it provides a natural source of vitamin D to everyone that crosses in its path! Vitamin D in the body helps to absorb calcium and big stronger bones. However, as many of us already know, too much sun exposure can cause skin damage, eye damage, and negatively affect your immune system. On average, by age 18 children have already absorbed 50% of their needed lifetime sun exposure. Therefore it is very important for parents to protect their children and also teach their children sun safety. Please consider the following, next time you’re planning an outdoor adventure with the kids…
First, avoid being in the sun for prolonged times when it’s highest overhead and therefore the strongest (normally from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM in the northern hemisphere). Even on cloudy, cool, or overcast days, UV rays travel through the clouds and reflect off sand, water, and even concrete. Clouds and pollution don’t filter out UV rays, and they can give a false sense of protection. Because infants have thinner skin and underdeveloped melanin, their skin burns more easily than that of older kids. But sunscreen should not be applied to babies under 6 months of age, so they absolutely must be kept out of the sun whenever possible. If your infant must be in the sun, dress him or her in clothing that covers the body, including hats with wide brims to shadow the face. Use an umbrella to create shade.
or sunscreen to do its job, it must be applied correctly. Be sure to:
– Apply sunscreen whenever your child will be in the sun.
– Apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before kids go outside so that a good layer of protection can form. Don’t forget about lips, hands, ears, feet, shoulders, and behind the neck. Lift up bathing suit straps and apply sunscreen underneath them (in case the straps shift as a child moves).
– Don’t try to stretch out a bottle of sunscreen; apply it generously.
– Reapply sunscreen often, approximately every 2 to 3 hours. Reapply after a child is sweating or swimming.
– Apply a waterproof sunscreen if kids will be around water or swimming. Water reflects and intensifies the sun’s rays, so kids need protection that lasts. Waterproof sunscreens may last up to 80 minutes in the water, and some are also sweat- and rub-proof. But regardless of the waterproof label, be sure to reapply sunscreen when kids come out of the water.
– The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that all children — regardless of their skin tone — wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
For even more information on sun safety please visit Kids Sun Safety.
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