Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Sun

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Keeping your children protected when playing in the sun is a key priority for parents. We have all experienced the uncomfortable feeling of sunburn, and with nasty side effects such as dehydration and fevers; sun protection is crucial for a happy and healthy holiday with your little ones.

As the children enjoy plenty of time off school and outdoors, I thought it would be useful to take a look at the important matter of sun care for your children, and the top ways to keep your children safe in the sunshine this summer.

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  • Sun Exposure
    If possible, it is advised that exposure to the sun is limited between the hours of 10am and 2pm, when the sun is at its highest. UV rays at their strongest between this time, and therefore this can be the most harmful time for your children to out in the sun.
  • Sun Cream
    Sun cream is a must when it comes to your children, even if the sun is hidden away. Always use a high protector sun cream for your children, 50+ is the recommended factor by researches. When purchasing your suncream, products designed especially for kids are generally best, as they generally have a very high factor and are gentle on the skin.
  • Suncream Application
    To ensure maximum protection from your suncream, remember to apply 15 to 30 minutes before heading out in the sun, giving the cream time to absorb into to the skin. Suncream also needs to be reapplied every 2 hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Swimwear
    Children’s swimwear can now also help to protect your children in the sunshine. Many brands including
    swimwear specialists Zoggs have a wide range of float suits for children which provide maximum sun protection UPF 50+, and also protect your child’s shoulders and the back of his / her neck which playing in the pool.
  • Hats and Sunglasses
    Hats are extremely important to keep the sun direct off your child’s head and face. Hats with a longer flap at the back are ideal for protecting the back of your child’s neck, a key area for sunburn. Your children should also wear sunglasses with at least 99% UV Protection; the best protection available for their eyes.
  • Babies less than 6 Months
    It is important to keep babies under 6 months out of direct sunlight, whether this is under an umbrella, tree or canopy on his / her pram. Keep your baby hydrated with regular bottles of water or juice when spending time in the sun, and also keep them dressed in cool clothing.
  • After Sun Protection
    After sun protection is equally as important as sun care for your children’s skin. As we all know, the sun dries out your skin, therefore using “After sun Lotion” will help cool and moisturize your children’s skin safely after a day in the sun.
  • Keep Hydrated
    Encourage your children to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration both during and after a fun filled day in the sun. Young children and babies can be greatly affected by dehydration as they have a low body weight and are sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss, therefore keeping hydrated is extremely important.
  • Lead By Example
    finally, set a good example for your children by staying safe in the sun yourself. If you are wearing sun cream and drinking plenty of water, your children will learn from your example and understand the importance of sun protection.


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