Who doesn’t love spending lots of time outside when the sun is out? When you have young children or babies, being outdoors is the perfect way to spend the day.
When it comes to sun protection, things have come a long way since sunscreen and a hat! Though still a very important factor. A great way to give your little ones the best protection is to opt for a swimwear. Yes, children often like to strip off when the weather is hot but that does pose a few risks in terms of sunburn. There are different types of swimwear available these days for children including, UV protection vests, wetsuits, long sleeved tops and shorts and all importantly, a hat with a neck flap.
The NHS recommends the following in order to keep kids ‘sun safe’...
Encourage your child to play in the shade – for example, under trees – especially between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
Cover exposed parts of your child's skin with sunscreen, even on cloudy or overcast days. Use one that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and protects against UVA and UVB. Apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands.
Be especially careful to protect your child's shoulders and the back of their neck when they're playing, as these are the most common areas for sunburn.
Cover your child up in loose cotton clothes, such as an oversized T-shirt with sleeves.
Get your child to wear a floppy hat with a wide brim that shades their face, ears and neck.
Protect your child's eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard (BSEN 1836:2005) and carry the CE mark – check the label.
If your child is swimming, use a water-resistant sunscreen of factor 15 or above. Sunscreen should be reapplied straight after you have been in water – even if it's "water resistant" – and after towel drying, sweating or when it may have rubbed off.