Children can get too much sun anywhere — not just at the beach or pool — so they need protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays whenever they’re outdoors. Incorporate sun safety into a child’s daily routine, and explain to them that sun exposure has a snowball effect — what they do now will have an impact on them in the future.
A few significant sunburns now can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Follow these sun safety tips to help protect your children.
- Keep babies under 6 months old out of direct sunlight. Use an umbrella or stroller canopy when going for walks.
- Rub a thick coat of sunscreen on children older than 6 months. Choose one that says “broad spectrum” and has an SPF of at least 15. Reapply often.
- Dress your child for the sun. Use lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Add a hat with a wide brim and sunglasses with UV protection.
- Plan visits to the park, pool or beach for the early morning or late afternoon. Avoid being out when the sun is strong in the middle of the day.