Protecting kids from the sun’s harmful rays is a must, especially in summer when the UV is at its highest.
The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that 80% of lifetime sun exposure occurs during childhood
– and that just one blistering sunburn can double the risk of getting melanoma later in life. It’s a scary statistic.
At Big 4 Forest Glen, we have compiled our top five sun safety tips every parent should know. We want all our visitors to feel safe and enjoy their holiday in the sun, without the risk of sunburn! So take these tips into consideration this summer.
- Avoid unnecessary exposure during the middle of the day when the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) is the strongest. Even on cloudy or cooler days, UV rays remain strong. If your child is playing outdoors during these hours, make sure to apply sufficient sunscreen.
- Apply sunscreen properly and generously 30 minutes before your child goes out in the sun. Choose a sunscreen with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 30 or higher. Don’t forget nose, ears, hands, feet, shoulders, and behind the neck; lips can also burn, so apply a lip balm with SPF protection. Reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours, or after sweating or swimming.
- Cover up, wear protective clothing and hats This is one of the most important ways of warding off UV damage. When wet, light-colored clothing transmits just as much sunlight as bare skin. Keep your kids covered with dark colors, long sleeves, and pants whenever possible. And don’t forget the accessories: sunglasses with UV protection to guard against burned corneas, and hats to prevent sunburned scalps and faces. At the beach, bring along a large umbrella or shade tent.
- Keep watch on medications. Some medications increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so make sure to ask your doctor whether your child may be at risk. Prescription antibiotics and acne medications are the most notorious culprits, but when in doubt, ask.
- Set a good example for your kids. If your child sees you following sun-safety rules, he’ll take them for granted and follow suit. Skin protection is important for every member of the family, so team up with your children to stay protected when venturing out in the sun.