It’s that time of the year when the sun is out and the beaches are full. It’s summertime! But before we head to the pool, we need to have a little talk about sun protection. Sun exposure is the leading cause of 90% of all cancers and we need to take it seriously. Especially for our kids who have young, sensitive skin that is at higher risk for sun and heat illnesses.
Here’s what you need to know
This is a no-brainer, we all know this. Going outside in the hot summer sun without sunscreen is a recipe for disaster–don’t do it. However, choosing the right sunscreen can be a little trickier. We thought this article from PopSugar was super helpful, whether you opt for natural or chemical based sunscreen. Whatever you choose, slather that stuff on your children multiple times throughout the day.
Clothing manufacturers have become savvy to the idea of sun protection. There’s no shortage of cute and effective long sleeve swim shirts for kids. Look for the shirts made of UV-protective fabric to give an extra layer of protection. You can find these anywhere at every price point.
Heat stroke, heat cramps and heat exhaustion are real concerns during the extra hot days. Children are at a higher risk than adults due to their high surface area to body weight ratio. Ensure your child is drinking plenty of water before and during outdoor activities. Getting sufficient rest is also vital. Add some fruit to water to make it a bit tastier for the little ones that are picky.
Hats and Sunglasses
Sure, they look super cute on little faces, but sunglasses also serve a purpose. Even on cloudy days, opticians suggest wearing UVB and UVA protective sunglasses from the early age of 2-years old. Pair them with a wide brim hat for extra protection. Polycarbonate is the suggested material for children’s sunglasses as they are impact-resistant and UV protective by default.
Now that you’re fully equipped with everything you need to know about sun protection for kids, what are you waiting for? Pack the car and hit the beach!