In order to protect children from becoming over exposed to the sun`s harmful rays it is essential that adequate precautions are taken. This is because excessive levels of UV rays can have long term health implications such as premature ageing, sun burn and in some cases skin cancer in later life.
Whilst small amounts of sun are beneficial to us all, the following information is designed to show you how to take adequate precautions to protect children in the sun.
Apply Sun Cream
During the warmer spring and summer months, it is advisable to ensure your children wear sun cream whenever outdoors for prolonged periods. Choose a cream with a high SPF to ensure maximum protection is achieved. It should be applied liberally to all areas of skin exposed approximately 20 minutes prior to exposure for the maximum effects.
Regardless of the brand of cream used, always read the guidelines for use and recommended periods between applications or you may find your child is less adequately protected than you would imagine.
Whilst sun cream will provide an effective solution to preventing your child`s skin from becoming burnt, it should be noted that small children are especially vulnerable to the effects of the sun and as such should remain in the shade as much as possible.
The sun UV rays not only effect`s the skin but can also lead to long term sight issues. As such, it is strongly advisable to encourage your child to wear sun glasses on bright and sunny days and teach them never to look directly into the sun.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Your children can remain safe when playing outdoors by ensuring they wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. To protect the back of the neck and tops of ears, a sun hat should be worn. When on holiday, children with light or fair skin should be encouraged to wear a t shirt at all times (even when swimming) so as to limit the amount of skin exposed and in turn reducing the chances of them becoming burnt.