Summer is literally just around the corner…YAY! But with all the fun it can be easy to overlook vital summer safety for children. Read our advice to keep your little ones safe while being able to enjoy the summer months!
The long-awaited Vitamin D is quite inviting on our skin after months of cold and minimal sunshine! But don’t forget to use a safe sunscreen for your children and yourselves. It’s also important not to be deceived by early morning sunshine or days where the temperature might be cooler than normal. The sun is more likely to burn us during the summer regardless of the time of day or how hot or cold it is outside. It’s even important to wear sunscreen on cloudy days because the sun’s rays can still cause a burn through the clouds. Of course, the hottest times of day are between 10AM-2PM when sunscreen is most needed but we recommend using sunscreen any time you’ll be spending a lengthy amount of time outdoors during the day.
The website run by The Environmental Working Group (EWG), is a terrific resource on finding the safest and most effective sunscreens for your children. Try to avoid sunscreens loaded with chemicals that can be harmful to the body and instead look for natural sunscreens that coat the skin to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. A great one is the sunscreen by ThinkBaby. They offer the same formula for all 3 names of their sunscreen (they offer it in kids and sport so that children and adults don’t have to carry a bottle that says baby on it, for those that it may bother). It’s also best to wear sunscreen with SPF of 30-50. A tan will still be achieved but without the damaging effects of a sunburn and sun damage.
IMPORTANT: Test out a small area of your child’s arm or leg with sunscreen before applying all over. Wait at least an hour to make sure no allergic reaction happens that can cause horrible burns and blisters if exposed to the sun. Also apply sunscreen a minimum of 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every 90-120 minutes. Remember to apply to hidden areas including the ears, any exposed areas of the neck and scalp, and on hands and feet.
Seek Shade When Possible
If the sun becomes too hot it’s important to seek shade. Plan indoor activities during the peak hours of sun exposure, again typically between 10AM-2PM. If you have to be outdoors, pack an umbrella, pop-up tent, or find shade under a tree.
Always pack a hat for each member in your family as well as sunglasses and lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants if possible. Sunglasses are important to remember as well to protect you and your child’s eyes from UV damage that can lead to cataracts.
We hope you will follow this sun safety advice to protect you and your children from any sun damage. And we hope you have so much fun this summer!