4 Important Sun Safety Protection Tips For Kids

4 Important Sun Safety Protection Tips For Kids

1 Nov 2022 | 3 min Read

Manisha Pradhan

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Kids love the outdoors and it’s unfair to not allow them to play outdoors because of the fear of them getting sunburnt. As a parent, you need to protect them from the sun by following some important sun safety protection tips for kids. Here’s how you can protect your little one from the harmful rays of the sun.

Sun Safety Protection Tips For Kids

Use Sunscreen:

Don’t believe in myths about sunscreen not being safe for babies and kids, it is necessary to use sunscreen on babies and young children especially before you head outdoors.

Remember the risk of skin cancer in babies is more than the risk of reaction to sunscreen. Make sure you choose a natural, baby-friendly sunscreen to protect your baby’s skin. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before kids go outside. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen on their ears, behind the neck, hands, feet, and shoulders.

Find Shade:

Plan fun games to avoid being outside when the sun is at its brightest. But if your child still insists on playing outdoors, ask them to play in an area that has shade, like underneath a tree, or better still pitch a pop-up tent for your child outside and ask them to play in the tent.

Cover up:

Dressing your toddler in UV-protective clothing is an excellent strategy to shield them from the sun’s damaging rays. Dress them in comfortable, loose cotton full-sleeved tops and long pants to provide protection. Alternatively, look for apparel that has been certified for its UV protection factor.

Clothes that are lighter in shade like white and pastels, are better as darker or more vivid hues absorb more UV radiation. 

Use sunglasses:

The eyes are another frequently disregarded area that requires sun protection. Later in life, cataracts may be more likely as a result of UV light exposure. So it stands to reason that one of our top sun safety recommendations is to cover your child’s eyes with sunglasses that completely enclose them and block as much UVA and UVB light as is practical.

What To Do If A Child Gets A Sunburn? 

When a toddler gets sunburned, their skin is hot and painful and it may get worse several hours after sun exposure. The skin becomes itchy and it begins to peel about a week after the sunburn. 

  • Give your child a cool bath or use natural baby wipes to wipe their skin.
  • Encourage your child not to scratch off loose skin because the skin underneath can get infected. 
  • Apply a baby moisturizing cream or natural coconut oil to the sunburned area to soothe the skin.
  • Make sure your child is well hydrated.
  • If your child has chills, fever or headache call your doctor.

You can lower your child’s risk of sunburn and developing skin cancer by encouraging them to develop frequent skin protection routines.



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