Keep Kids Safe in the Sun
It’s not easy keeping kids inside during the most dangerous time of the day when it comes to sun strength. With summer in full swing, they want to be out in the pool, at the beach, or playing outside with their friends. With that in mind, here are a few tips to keep your kids safe in the sun.
Limit the exposure to the sun in infants less than six months of age. Their skin has too little melanin making them more susceptible to sun damage. If they must be in the sun, use barrier protection such as light weight pants, shirts, hats, and sunglasses.
Sunscreen is important. Sometimes it is better to have one specifically for the face such as a stick and another for the remainder of the body. It’s also important to remember to reapply often; at least every 2 hours. A water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended.
SPF Clothing is a great investment. Not only will it protect your child’s skin from the sun, but it is also a rash guard. Just be sure to apply sun screen to areas that the shirt doesn’t cover. They also make SPF hats. Most kids won’t like wearing them, but they do provide an extra layer of protection for not only their head, but for their face as well.
Having a portable umbrella at the beach is a total life saver. Not only will it provide some shade, but they now make them with SPF protection too! It’s the perfect place to get away from the sun or wind, to change out of a wet bathing suit, to sit down and eat a snack without seagulls taking your food away, or to get that much needed nap!
Here are some of the best sunscreens for kids according to Prevention Magazine. Don’t forget their eyes, they need protection too! All of us here at West Coast Pediatrics hope you have a safe fun filled summer!