With spring break just around the corner, don’t forget to stay protected when having fun in the sun! Whether traveling, or enjoying the sunshine at home, you and your children should be lathered up in sunscreen and have a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect skin and eyes.
Take into account these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Sun Safety for Infants:
- Infants under 6 months should be kept out of direct sunlight – set up an umbrella or tent for a shady resting place
- Dress babies in lightweight clothing that fully covers legs and arms with a hat to protect their head and shield their eyes
Sun Safety for Children:
- Select a sunscreen that is made especially for children, preferably waterproof, and re-apply regularly
- Use a hat with a bill to shield your child’s face from the sun as well as UV protective sunglasses
- Even waterproof sunscreen can wear off, so be sure to reapply during prolonged periods in the water
It is also important to drink cool drinks regularly to stay hydrated! Consider frozen treats for a great mid-day snack. Homemade, all juice popsicles or frozen melon or grapes are packed with antioxidants and are a great choice.
Lastly, enjoy your time together as a family! Make fun games out of sunscreen application time, like helping one another apply or singing a fun song while you do it. Build a sand castle or fly a kite after applying to give lotion time to set before re-entering water activities. Show your kids how cool it is to wear hats and sunglasses by picking them out together or getting matching sets so they will want to wear them all day too!