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Keep Kids protected with sunscreen and the right clothes this Summer

Wednesday 01 May 2013

No matter how hot the sun’s rays maybe, whenever kids are having fun in the sun it pays to be safe and ALWAYS ensure that they wear sunscreen and take regular breaks from the sun by going in to the shade or indoor, especially when the sun’s rays are strongest (normally between 10am – 4pm)!

Whether kids are going out to play in the garden, the park or at the beach – its vital to apply a sun screens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB sunlight rays sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before they go outside. Sunscreen then should be generously reapplied every 2 hours or more frequently if kids are swimming or in and out of paddling pools and water, as even sunscreens labelled as water-resistant will wear off, and remember the reflection from the water intensifies the sun’s ray so having fun near or around water will increase the chances of burning.

As well as sunscreen protection, it’s important to ensure kids are dressed in the right type of kids clothing and accessories for summer. Something we often overlook but can make all the difference to ensure you kids stay sun protected this summer! Choose lightweight, light-coloured clothing as the light colours will reflect the heat and keep skin cooler than dark colours, which absorb heat. Also opt for kids clothes with a tighter weave – hold up the fabric to the light, the less light you see shining through the tighter the weave and go for swimsuits and summer boys clothing and girls clothes made from fabrics with sun protection built into them. Generally these items may be more expensive, but the investment and peace of mind during the summer months is well worth it. Always make sure your children wear a sun hat, ones with a brim to shade the face and ears and a flap to protect the neck is more ideal than one that protects and shades the faces, and if possible and the child is willing, Sunglasses are ideal as they help to protect the eyes from the sun rays.

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