Sun Safety For Children

Updated: Feb 21



Obviously the weather would turn as i finally get time to sit and write this blod but decided if i post it then hopefully the sun may come back out again.


So here are my Top Tips for keeping yur little ones safe in the sun!


Lets start with the obvious:


SHADE!

Keep them in the shade as much as possible wether that be under and umberella, under a tree or in a pop a tent, the more shade they get the more protected they are. The NHS reccomend that children are kept in the shade between the hours of 11am and 3pm as this is when the sun is strongest.


COVER UP!

UV protected clothing is perfect for keeping them safe while playing in the sun but ensure to change them when wet as wet clothing = less protection.


HAT!

When purchasing a hat ideally find one that protects the ears, neck, face and scalp.


SUNGLASSES

Sunglasses should ideally hold the 'British Standard CE Mark' Rayban do amazing wrap around babybanz perfect for young children (If they will keep them on that is)


SUNCREAM!

This is the biggy! Children should wear at least factor 30 which has at least a 4* UVA and UVB protection. This should also be applied 30mins before going out including the lips, nose, ears and feet. Once applied it should be reapplied every two hours and especially after swimming or other exercise, this applies to suncreams which state they are water resitant too.

The most common area on the bosy for children to get sun burnt is the shoulders and back of the next.


BABIES UNDER 6 MONTHS!

Should not wear suncream at all and be kept indoor or in the shade whenever possible. Babies temperauture regulating systems are not fully developed so they have fewer sweat glands than adults so sweat less.

They need to be drinking lots of fluids whether thats by breast, bottle or boiled water.


BREAST FEEDING!

During the hot days mum need to up their own water intake. Fully breast fed babies do not need any water until they are eating solid foods.

Babies who are bottle feeding can have a little cooled boiled water.

Always ask health visitor or another health professional for advice.


6 MONTHS +

Children aged 6 months plus can have sips of water from a cup or beaker with meals in extreamly hot weather with some additional water outside of meal times.


12 MONTHS +

Frozen ice lollies are perfect for getting additional water into young children. Frozen lollies made from plain water or very diluted fruit juice aswel as plenty of fruit and salad to keep fluid intake up.


KEEPING COOL!

Paddling pools (even us grown ups like to dip our feet in the pool). Paddling pools ideally should be kept in the shade and with adult supervision.

Have a cool bath before bed

Keep blinds shut and fans on throughout the day in bedrooms

Keep nightwear to a minimun

Nursery thermomiters will help monitor room temperatures which should be kept between 16c - 20c



PRAM COVERS,

One thing i still see people doing which is a BIG NO NO is covering prams. Covering a pram with a blanket or scarf could be fatal to a little one. Although it is done to keep the little ones shaded it actually traps the heat inside the pram and can become extreamly hot which would become extreamly uncomfortable and dangerous.

If a child becomes to hot it may think it is back in the womb which causes them to stop breathing. There are many pram covers available to buy which do block out harmful UVA and UVB rays but they still increase the temperature in the pram, not as much as usuing a towel, scarf or muslin would but the temperature still rises.

If your are going to purchase a pram cover always keep the pram facing the shade when ever possible.


FINALLY,


Always be prepared especially in England the sun comes and goes like a bus! Keep suncream in your car, handbag, childs backpack ect.


DID YOU KNOW!

UV rays can damage your skin within 15minutes but can take up to 12 hours to show the full effect of sun exposure (Turning Pink)


So when the sun does eventually come out, protect your self and your children the best you can. while still letting them enjoy the glourious weather while we have it!



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