Sun Safety and Health
Many kids enjoyed their last day of school yesterday afternoon. For many kids today will mark the first of many days spent outside soaking up the summer sun. It is important to make sure your kiddos are protected from the harmful rays of the sun; even just one sunburn greatly increases the risk for your child to develop melanoma later on in their life. Below are a few ways to protect your child from the sun’s rays.
It is extremely important to always apply sunscreen before letting your child play outside. This should be applied fifteen to thirty minutes before going out in order for it to absorb into the skin properly. You should also diligently reapply the sunscreen every two hours. If your kiddo will be in the pool you may need to reapply sooner as the water will wash the sunscreen away. Many sunscreens will list how long you should reapply on the back label.
Hats, sunglasses, and dark clothing are items that add additional protection. Hats will protect your child’s scalp and face. Dark clothing is a great way to add an additional level of protection to the body, while sunglasses will help to protect your little one’s eyes.
If your child does happen to get a sunburn, there are a few things you can do to make them feel more comfortable.
- Apply Aloe Vera to the burn, this will soothe and moisturize the burn.
- A cold cloth or compress also relieves the pain.
If you notice that your child develops blisters, make sure you contact your doctor immediately.
Most dermatologists suggest staying out of the sun when it is the strongest, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Starting a sunscreen regimen early in life will help your child develop a routine and understand the importance of practicing sun safety!