It’s fantastic when our Jenny’s children can get outside to play in the sunshine and go on adventures. With summer coming up, we want our cherubs to keep safe from UV rays and heatstroke! So how can you be sun-smart with your children?
Some tips that will help protect your children from the sun:
- Cover as much skin of your child’s skin as possible with cool, loose-fitting clothes. By dressing your children in a swimming t-shirt and rashie you can prevent sunburn on their shoulders and back. Additionally, try not to let them walk without a shirt. Longer style shorts or skirts and tops that cover the shoulders, arms and chest are best.
- Use water-resistant sunscreen with at least 30 SPF or higher. Use the sunscreen again every two hours to make sure the parts that are not covered with clothes are well protected. To make it more fun for your kids, let them do it themselves. Show them how to do it and they will copy what you do, but always have supervision.
- Let them wear a hat to protect their face, back of the neck, ears and even eyes against the sun. When choosing a hat consider its size and comfort, the amount of shade it provides to the face, and if it will obstruct vision or hearing and safety. Hats that can be adjusted at the crown are best. If the hat is secured with a long strap and toggle, ensure it has a safety snap, place the strap at the back of the head, or trim the length so it doesn’t become a choking hazard. Some children do not like to wear hats. Persistence is needed to teach them that a hat is part of their outside routine. Ensuring that children’s hats are labelled and kept in child accessible storage helps to make it easier to implement a ‘hats on, fun’s on’ kind of routine.
- Look for shadowy areas. The sun is the most dangerous between 12 and 3pm, so make sure your kids spend less time in the sun between these hours.
- Last but not least, be a role model because your children will copy your behaviour. Teach them early so it will be easier in the long run!