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Sun Safety For Kids

So the weather has been pretty awful this summer, don’t you agree?

We therefore need to take even more care if going on holiday somewhere sunny, as children, (and adults for that matter) are just not used to hot sunny days and scorching temperatures. Due to all the rain our bodies have had no time to become acclimatised to the sun and many of us have no base tan either.

So if you are going away with your children in the next few weeks in search of some September sun, it is more important than ever to be aware of just how the hot sun can be and that the high temperatures damage our skin.

At this time of year the the sun can be very dangerous, especially for kids due to their soft, young, delicate skin. With this in mind, it’s always recommended that families should be sun aware and it is really important to take the necessary precautions to protect your kids from the harmful sun rays.

We’ve compiled a list of helpful tips to share with you along with some advice:

High factor sun cream:
Did you know you can now buy specially formulated sun cream for kids? This type of sun cream is usually a very high factor (normally 50 SPF or more) and will protect your kids far better than adult sun creams. It is always important to remember to use sun cream on cloudy days as harmful UV rays can still penetrate through the clouds.

Reapply the sun cream especially after swimming:
Even if you have bought water resistant sun cream, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Drying children with a kids towel when they come out of the water, can rub off sun cream so always re-apply. Even if your kids aren’t exposed to water,  you should re-apply sun cream every two to three hours as it could have worn off in that time.

Avoid the hottest parts of the day:
The suns’ rays are most harmful in the heat of the day. With this in mind, try not to be out with your children in the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During these times the sun is at its strongest and can do most damage.

Stay in the shade.
Keep children in the shade as much as possible. Use a parasol, umbrella or a children’s pop up tent, even if you have full sun block on them. This keeps them cooler and keeps them out of the sun.

Wear protective clothing:
Even though your kids are covered in high factor sun cream, make sure they wear sun visors, hats and sun glasses, when they are in the sun not only to protect their eyes and faces, but also the delicate skin on their scalp too.

Keep hydrated:
When having lots of fun on holiday, kids will often forget to keep hydrated and therefore it is essential that they are constantly drinking and keeping their fluids up. Kids need to drink water every hour or so and will need to be reminded.

Keep the skin moisturised:
In the sun the skin will dry out, so moisturising the skin whilst on holiday is very important.  A top tip here however, is that perfumed skincare products make the skin more sun sensitive? So make sure your kids wear nothing perfumed and only apply moisturiser at night.

If you’ve been on a child friendly holiday this year we’d love to hear from you. We as parents are always looking for great places to take children on holiday, so please let us know where you’ve been and if you would recommend it to other families?

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