Now that summer is approaching many of us will be spending lots of time outdoors. Along with all the fun of summer comes the risk of certain health conditions and even health risks. Spending time outdoors means an increased exposure to the sun and all the ultraviolet rays that it produces. Exposing your child to the sun can possibly cause skin cancer as an adult. With careful planning and preparation we can prevent these risks.
1. Try to limit your child’s sun exposure. While spending the day outdoors can be fun and entertaining you need to limit how long your child spends outdoors. Be careful from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM because that’s when the UV waves are strongest.
2. Babies under 6 months must be kept out of direct sunlight. You can find shade under an umbrella or tree.
3. Always make sure that your child is wearing plenty of sunscreen. 30 minutes before going outdoors make sure to put on a liberal amount of sunscreen. When buying sunscreen you must read the label. Make sure the protection you are choosing has an SPF of 30 or higher and provides protection against both UVA and UVB rays. If your child is going swimming or he’s going to sweat a lot make sure to use water resistant sunscreen. Sunscreen does protect you from the sun but it does not eliminate all damage that can be caused from over exposure to the sun.
4. Wearing protective clothing can also decrease the damage caused by the sun. Make sure to wear caps and light comfortable clothing that covers the whole body. Clothing with a tight weave protect better then clothing with a light weave. The way to tell is to hold the article of clothing up to the light, the less light that you can see through the better.
5. Make sure to keep your child very well hydrated. Your child must drink plenty of fluids and avoid drinks that contain caffeine because it increases the body’s fluids needs.
We all look forward to summer when we can spend our days in the sun. It is our job as parents to make sure that our children are well protected.
Enjoy the fun in the sun!!!