The final bell for school has rung and kids are starting their summer vacations. This usually means, more time to play outside in the sun and less time indoors. There are many benefits to some sun exposure but it’s also important to be safe while spending time outdoors. Read on for sun safety tips from our experts.
Tips to avoid sunburn:
- Sunscreen: Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and be sure to reapply at least every two hours. It may be beneficial to use a water-resistant sunscreen, which will maintain protection against ultraviolet rays for up to 40 minutes after swimming or sweating.
- Stay in the shade: It’s especially important to keep babies younger than 6 months of age out of direct sunlight, but all kids can benefit from some time in the shade. Make sure to bring sunglasses, wide brim hats or umbrellas with when spending the day outside.
- Avoid peak UV rays: Ultraviolet rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so it may be safer to save outdoor time for early morning or late afternoon.
- Dress for the weather: Dress children in light, protective clothing, and have kids wear swim shirts while in the water.
- Stay hydrated: Be sure to drink a lot of water when playing outside, especially on a warm day.
- Be a role model: Children are more likely to practice sun safety if they see their parents participating too.
What to do if your child gets a sun burn:
- Apply a cool compress or aloe vera gel to the skin.
- Ibuprofen can help relieve discomfort in children over 6 months.
- Apply a moisturizing cream to rehydrate the skin and treat itching. Avoid petroleum-based products because they can prevent excess heat and sweat from escaping.
- Contact a doctor if the sunburn is severe and blisters develop.