According to the Sun, about half of the parents do not know the right way to protect their kids from the sun, leaving the little ones under higher risks of getting sunburn and skin cancer. The weather is boiling now, and this is the time when parents need to think about sun safety for their kids.
Why is sun protection so important?
Although our skin needs certain sun exposure to make sure that the body can absorb calcium for the benefits of our bones, too much exposure to ultraviolet can cause problems like rashes, sunburns, eye damage, or even skin cancer, especially for kids whose skin is comparatively thinner and more vulnerable.
Ways to protect kids from the sun
Avoid strong sunshine
Though it can be tempting for kids to go outside after a long winter, parents should make sure that the kids avoid the strongest rays during midday. Even on cloudy days when the sun doesn’t seem to shine so brightly, UV rays can cause damage if the kids are not properly protected.
If outdoor activities during midday are unavoidable, make sure kids can always seek shades under an umbrella, a tent, or a tree. Prevention is always better than cure.
Clothes and pants with long sleeves and legs can offer protection. Clothes with darker colors are proved to be more effective in sun protection. Hats can also shade the face, neck, and ears, but make sure to choose the ones with a brim big enough to protect all the above-mentioned parts of the body.
As is mentioned before, UV rays can lead to eye damage for the kids such as burned cornea or even cataracts later in life. So choose a pair of sunglasses designed for UV eye protection.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that all kids, regardless of skin tone, wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Remember to choose sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which is less irritating than other products. Products labeled “broad spectrum” are preferable because they can block both UVA and UVB rays (the two basic ultraviolet rays that reach the earth’s surface).
Treatment for sunburns
If the kids really get sunburns, they are likely to become worse after the exposure. Parents should help your kids to take a cool shower and gently apply aloe gel to sunburned areas. But if the symptoms are too severe and get worse, parents should immediately call the doctor and seek professional help.