4 UV Safety Tips for Small Children

June 26, 2015

Posted by Lisa Lomasney

Here is a quick list of UV safety tips for parents of active, sun-loving kids:

1. Know your history.  Our skin has nature sun protection in melanin, or coloring.  These protective traits pass down genetically to our children and chances are, they'll react to the sun like you do.

Warning signs:  If your family members have developed moles on their skin, a history of skin cancer, or have fair skin and/or fine hair, those are indicators that you're going to have to be more careful about your child's sun protection than most.


2. Avoid high noon.  The sun beats down with the strongest rays between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm so kids should stay undercover as much as possible during this time frame.  It's not always possible to keep them in the shade, but parents should try to avoid serious burns.


3. Plan activities inside.  While summer is a great time for outdoor adventures, it can also be an opportunity for learning activities indoors.  Plan summer brain boosters.

Now that you have some more free time, plan trips to the library, museums, concerts, science fairs, or zoos and keep their minds occupied while also keeping them out of the sun a little bit more.


4. Apply sunscreen.  Most parents know to apply sunscreen but don't do so often enough.  Apply the lotion 30 minutes before sun exposure and continue reapplying every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Additionally, don't forget their ears, hands, and feet and always use sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher.

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