Our children are out of the class room and into the backyard. Playing outside is a summer time fun. But outside playtime comes with sun exposure. Here are a couple of sun safety tips for the summer fun. 

Putting on Sunscreen

Sun Protection

  • Cover up. Wear lightweight cotton pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats. Don’t forget the shades! Sunglasses look cool, but the will help shield the eyes from the UV radiation that causes cataracts. Find a medium to dark pair with large lenses that wraparound the sides.
  • Schedule outdoor time. Plan activities to avoid the time from 10:00 am to 4:00pm when the UV rays are the strongest.
  • Carry shade. Use stroller’s umbrellas for little ones or bring a sun umbrella or canopy to create shade when there is no trees or awnings available.
  • Use Sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen that says “broad spectrum” this means it covers both UVB and UVA rays. Use at least an SPF (Sun protection factor) of 30. Use a sunscreen lotion that contains either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Apply 15 to 30 minutes before heading out and re-apply every 2 hours.
    • For our little ones, less than 6 months: keep them out of direct sun light because their skin is not yet protected by melanin.
    • You can apply a small amount on their face and back of hands, but keep them covered with lightweight clothing.
    • Talk to us about Vitamin D supplements for our breast-fed little ones.
  • Sun Burns
    • Use cool water to help the skin cool, can apply medicated lotions or aloe to soothe skin, and use Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for painful sunburns.
    • If blisters develop from a sunburn, do not pop them.
    • Hydrate from the inside with extra oral fluids, use water or diluted juice to replace fluid loss.

Resources:

American Academy of Pediatrics. Sun Safety: information for parents about sunburns & sunscreen. Retrieved from: www.healthychildren.org

Environmental Working Group. Sun safety guide for children. Health child health work. Retrieved from: http://healthychild.org/assets/HCHW_sunsafety_guide_v41.pdf