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Sun Safety

We all look forward to a great summer and opportunities to get out and about with the children, who are often by now climbing the walls. Ensure that for your family, Sun Safety is a priority.

Sun Protection

  • Choose a sun cream of factor 30 for your family and look for those that have the highest UVA and UVB ratings. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get these.
  • Lead by example. Let your children see you using sun cream, wearing hats and covering up in the sun.
  • Make sure you’re putting enough cream on – better to use more than less in this instance!
  • Apply up to 30 minutes before going in the sun. Don’t forget the soles of the feet, ears and the back of the neck.
  • Reapply if you’ve been in the water or dried off with a towel.
  • Don’t forget to put on sunglasses, the sun can be damaging to the eyes.
  • Make sure you and your children are covered up, particularly during the hottest part of the day 11-3pm. Pick a shady spot to play in and ensure they are wearing t-shirts, hats and plenty of sun cream. Why not take activities inside for a couple of hours and let the children back out to play when it cools down a bit?
  • If you’re using things like paddling pools put them in the shade – remember to keep an eye on your children at all times.
  • You can get burnt on cloudy days. It’s recommended that you wear sun cream from April until October.
  • Make sure that your children have plenty to drink, it’s very easy for them to get dehydrated. Water is the best thing, but if they get bored of this, try sugar-free squash or turn squash into ice lollies. If you’re breastfeeding, your baby may want more milk than usual.
  • You may want to think about night clothes, normal duvets and pyjamas might be to o hot during the warmer weather.
  • A room thermometer is a good idea to help you monitor the temperature of your children’s bedroom – the ideal temperature is between 16°C and 20°C.
  • If taking your child out in a pushchair/pram, make sure you only use specifically designed sun protection. If you drape a blanket or towel over the pram it can increase the heat your child/baby is exposed to, causing your child to become seriously unwell.

Source for sun cream facts:-

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/

http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/sun-uv-and-cancer/ways-to-enjoy-the-sun-safely

 

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