Five tips to avoid sunburns

With all the time kids spend in the sun during the summer, it’s important to know how to protect them from sunburns. At Children’s, we believe in Making Safe Simple — so we’ve put together five tips to help you and your kids avoid sunburn this summer (and what to do if you do happen to get one!).

  • Apply one ounce (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to the entire body 30 minutes before going outside. This gives skin a chance to absorb it. Reapply every two hours, or immediately after sweating heavily.
  • Make your own shade with a wide-brimmed hat or baseball cap. Protect your eyes with UV-blocking sunglasses (the bigger, the better). Just make sure the sunglasses have 90 to 100 percent protection from UVA and UVB rays.
  • Don’t forget to protect areas that are often missed, such as: your chin, nose, ears, scalp, under eyes, shoulders, and on top of your hands. Also apply lip balm with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to keep your lips safe.
  • Look for “broad spectrum” sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher that includes ingredients that protect you from both UVA and UVB (Ultraviolet A and B) rays. You can also look for the “Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation” to help you find the right sunscreen.
  • Don’t be fooled by a cloudy day at the fair. The sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate through clouds and even a thick fog.
  • If you do get sunburn, aloe vera gel is extremely soothing, nontoxic, and helps heal the skin.

Need more sun-safety tips? Here’s how to protect your kids from dehydration and heat exhaustion.

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