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What do you do to keep your child sun safe?
Your baby is the most precious gift in the world. Nothing matters more, which is why you are of course concerned about keeping your child safe. There are many things we have to keep them safe from that are easy. Most dangers to avoid you can physically see. It is when you need to keep your child safe from the invisible dangers that things can get a bit tricky.
"Too much exposure to ultraviolet or UV rays can
cause sunburn. UV rays penetrate the outer skin
layers and pass into the deeper layers, where they can damage
or kill skin
The problem is how do you limit the exposure to your child's skin. The cancer council
suggests for best protection
- Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
- Slop on broad spectrum, water resistant SPF30+ (or higher) sunscreen. Put it on 20 minutes before you go outdoors and every two hours afterwards. Sunscreen should never be used to extend the time you spend in the sun.
- Slap on a hat – broad brim or legionnaire style to protect your face, head, neck and ears.
- Seek shade.
- Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.
With small children they don't recommend putting them in the sun. However this is of course inevitable. So what do you do if they are in the sun. We suggest trying to cover them with as much protection as you can. This goes by using a full body rashie and hat like Rashoodz Swimwear
full body swimsuit that coveres down to the wrists, ankles and covers the neck.
Then you can cover the non covered areas of skin with sunscreen. We love Little Innoscents
their unique formulation provides skin with essential protection from the harsh, drying sun. The mineral based sunscreen contains Zinc Oxide as the only active ingredient and best of all, it has NO PRESERVATIVES. Completely free from chemical absorbers, and suitable for sensitive skin and a favourite with the entire family. Safe to use on children from 6 month of age, so parents can feel secure in the knowledge that their child’s skin will be cleansed, nourished and protected. Remembering to reapply when the directions tell you.
To make sure you are giving the best sun protection. Find a hat with a wide enough brim to offer full protection. Wide brim or legionnaire hats are the best. Rashoodz swimwear hat attaches at the back of the swimsuit to keep not only the face protected but also the neck. These hats also train children to keep their hats on. Soon they will be asking for hats.
Always try and stay in the shade. Find a nice tree or a tent to keep you and your children under when they are not enjoying the waves, pool or great outdoors.
"Ultraviolet (UV) Radiation And Your Eyes
. ... Extended exposure to the sun's
UV rays has been linked to eye damage
, including cataracts, macular degeneration, pingueculae, pterygia and photokeratitis that can
cause temporary vision
It is so important to also protect the eyes. Find some great rated sunglasses and get your child used to wearing these also. Sunglasses are not just for fashion, they are for protection sight!
Whatever you are doing, when you are outside, try to remember these options. With a combination of all of these you are pretty safe with keeping your child protected from the suns harmful rays.