I think it goes without saying, SUNBURN CAN CAUSE CANCER!!
Our children depend on us to keep them safe, don’t let them down when it comes to sun safety and their future! The burns that happen during childhood can put your child at greater risk for melanoma.
Here are a few simple rules to follow when you spend time in the sun:
- Apply sunscreen liberally, and reapply about every 2 hours.
- Put on a hat with a big brim.
- Children under 6 months are not supposed to use sunscreen, so: keep them in the shade, and avoid the sun between 10-3 (this is when the sun is the strongest).
- Covering up with clothing is even better than putting on sunscreen. There is even clothing made with SPF.
- Keep in mind that young children put everything in their mouths, so don’t put sunscreen on their hands.
- Remember that even under an umbrella at the beach or pool, the sun reflects off the sand and the water, you will still need to apply and reapply.
- Put sunglasses on your children, the sun causes cataracts, and melanoma can occur in the eye. And, kids think they are cool! 😉
- If your child takes medication, make sure this doesn’t make them more sensitive to the sun. (i.e. tetracycline).
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids. For more information on hydration, check out Are You Thirsty? The importance of Hydration.
I thought I would share a picture of my girl (from a few years back) in one of her sunhats, this was my favorite!! I hope you are having a fun and safe summer! And, as always, remember to Enjoy the Journey! 🙂