We all need some exposure to the sun. It does some good things for our body. It is the best source of vitamin D, which helps us to absorb calcium for strong and healthy bones. It also makes most of us feel happy! However, it can also do some really nasty stuff to our bodies if we don’t take care. We all know the risks of sunburn. In the short term, sunburn is unsightly and extremely painful. In the long term, it causes premature aging, and increases the risk of skin cancer.
As parents, we are responsible for keeping our children safe and their delicate skin protected from the harmful UV rays. This handy infographic is a great way to remind ourselves of the ways we can protect our children, and ourselves. Stick it on your fridge, to the kitchen door, the front door – even when its overcast, or not particularly hot, the sun is still there!
The NHS recommends using sunscreen of minimum factor 15 in the UK, but for children use at least factor 25. It needs to be applied regularly, and carefully. Even the highest factor sunscreen is useless if not applied properly.
Try to keep children out of the sun when it is at it’s strongest, between 10m and 4pm. Babies shouldn’t be in direct sun at all.
Clothing should cover up as much as possible – cotton clothes will keep children cool and fresh whilst helping to protect skin from UV rays. Hats are essential. Not only do they protect the skin on scalps, ears and neck, but also prevents sunstroke, which can be dangerous for children.
Enjoy the sunshine, but stay safe!