Summer is here! With the warmer weather upon us, we are able to spend more time outside in sunshine, going for walks, playing in the park or in the garden. However, being outside exposed to the sun, does come with a huge responsibility. Keeping your children or charges safe in the sunshine.
UV radiation can not be seen or felt and has no relation to the temperature so it can be hard to know exactly when we have had ‘too much sun’
Overexposure can cause sunburn which resulting in redness and a great deal of pain. The skin turns red within 2 – 6 hours of being burnt. Sunburn then continues to develop over the next 24 – 72 hours. The changing colour of the skin signifies damage to the skin.
However, with that being said, it is still important to ensure that we do get some exposure to the sun. Small amounts of UVR exposure is the most effective way of boosting vitamin D supply.
Ensuring your children & charges are kept safe in the sun
1. Sun cream – An essential for anyone who is going to be exposed to the sun. It should be worn to keep skin protected.
Make sure it has a UVA symbol
The Sun Protection Factor (SPF) indicates the UVB protection that it offers. Make sure the sun cream you use, has a SPF of 30 or higher to ensure maximum protection
All sun cream should be applied 20 minutes before going outside.
All sun cream should be reapplied at least every 2 hours. If you find that your children or charges are sweaty, apply more frequently. Sun cream should also be reapplied after water exposure (swimming)
If you child or charge is exposed to water (swimming) make sure you apply a waterproof sun cream with an SPF of 15 or higher
Protect your lips by applying a lip balm with an SPF in it. Make sure the factor is higher than 30.
No one sun cream provides ultimate protection, so never just rely on applying sun cream to offer protection.
2. Wear protective, suitable clothing
Wearing clothing can be the most suitable and effective way of keeping skin safe in the sun as clothing acts as a barrier.
Make sure your child or charge is kept covered with loose, baggy clothing such as over sized t-shirts with sleeves.
Always make sure your child’s or charges shoulders are covered as they can burn easily.
3. Wear sunglasses – Protect your eyes from solar UV radiation
When it comes to purchasing a pair of sunglasses, it is important to remember the Eye Protection Factor (EPF). The EPF ranges from 1 to 10. Be aware that the higher the number, the better protection they will offer.
Make sure that the sunglasses fit your child or charge and are not too big or sliding of their face. Ensure that they are close fitting and wrap around the eyes.
4. Wear a hat – protect your face from the sun
A hat is a staple for all children. A wide brimmed hat is fantastic for providing shade to the face, neck and the ears.
When it comes to purchasing a hat, any ultraviolet protection fabric will provide sufficient protection.
5. Find a shaded area – Don’t spend an excessive amount of time in the sun, spend some time keeping cool
Between the hours of 11am – 3pm, the suns UV rays are at their strongest. It is a good idea to avoid the sun during this time. You can still enjoy the great outdoors, but remember to spend some time in a shaded cool area.
Even when spending time in the shade, it is always important to remember to apply SPF, wear sunglasses and a hat.
Babies and toddlers should be kept in the shade at all times.
Remember to keep cool and protected this summer. Make sure you are doing everything that you can to keep you child or charge safe in the sunshine. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your child is kept protected, whilst still enjoying the outdoors.
Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2017