With summer here, everyone is spending more time together in the sunshine. Before you head outside, make sure you’re aware of the potential threats the summer rays can pose to you and your family. Follow these tips to make sure your children are protected from those summer rays.
One of the most important ways to keep your skin safe from the harsh rays of the summer sun is sunscreen. Regardless of whether the sun is hidden behind clouds, or blazing down, there is always a possibility of being sunburnt or getting sun damage. If your kids are planning on playing outside, make sure you carefully apply sunscreen every two hours.
What is SPF?
Sunscreen comes in various strengths which are labeled as SPF. But, what exactly is SPF? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and is a measure of a sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB rays from damaging the skin. The higher the SPF, the more protection the cream offers against harmful rays. When choosing the sunscreen that best fits your child’s skin, keep in mind these important factors:
- SPF should be 30 or higher,
- Water and sweat resistant creams are best for children.
- Read the fine print to ensure the cream protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
We know that finding the right sunscreen for your family can be overwhelming. If you’d like a recommendation on some of our favorite sunscreens, don’t hesitate to ask your Pediatric Care Group pediatrician.
Other Ways to Protect your Kids from the Sun:
Hats & Glasses:
Sun hats and sunglasses are important when you are seeking protection from the summer rays. The head, ears, and eyes tend to be overly sensitive to the sun and therefore need more protection. In addition to applying sunscreen to children’s heads, ears, noses, and lips, chose a wide brim hat and UV protection sunglasses to keep your kids safe under the sun.
If you plan on being outside all day, it’s wise to take breaks from the sun and spend some time under shade. From 11 AM to 3 PM, the sun’s peak hours, it’s best to seek out shade. If you have a newborn or infant, make seeking shade, or creating your own shade, your top priority. Baby’s skin is extremely sensitive, and you should avoid sunscreen until your child reaches at least six months of age. Use light clothing and plenty of shade to keep your newborns safe from the summer sun. For more information on baby skin care, click here.
The summer forecast is calling for plenty of sunshine. Make sure you understand all the risks associated with summer rays and keep your children safe. If you have questions or feel unsure, ask your Pediatric Care Group pediatrician.