Summer is the perfect time for kids to enjoy fun outdoor activities like bicycling, swimming, hiking, and camping; however, kids are at the high risk of getting different skin diseases caused by too much exposure to the sun. Parents need to be more vigilant every time their kids spend time out in the sun since children’s skin compared to adults is more sensitive to UVA and UVB rays.
There are several ways to protect children from the harmful rays of the sun however some solutions present different problems. Applying sunscreen products can guard your kids from the UVA/UVB rays but some of these contain toxic chemicals that are potentially more harmful than sunburns. It is highly important to know the right product and to learn other alternatives available. Here are some of the best tips to protect kids against the dangers of sunrays:
Seek shade when the sun is at its highest
The strongest rays of the sun can be felt during ten in the morning until four in the afternoon. It is always best to avoid the rays of the sun during these hours. However if the kids must be in the sun, make sure to apply protective sunscreen onto their skin. Consult the dermatologist to know about the best and safe sunscreen product available.
Wear clothes that will screen out UV rays
One of the easiest and affordable ways to protect the children from the sun is to cover up and shield their skin from the harmful UV rays. For outdoor activities, it is also important to bring along an umbrella and a pop-up tent for the kids to play in. Kids can also wear light long-sleeved shirts and long pants if the weather is not that hot.
Use sunglasses for kids
It’s not just the skin but also the eyes that can be damaged due to sun exposure. The cornea, the outermost clear membrane layer of the eye can get burned if left unprotected. The most harmful effect of continuous sun exposure to the eyes is cataracts. In order to avoid all these possible dangers, it is advisable to wear sunglasses that provide high ultraviolet protection.
Be a good role model
It can be quite hard to convince some kids to be vigilant when it comes to protecting themselves from the sun so it is important for parents to be a good example for their kids. Be a role model by wearing the right sunscreen product, sunglasses, and limiting the time spent under the sun.
Many parents are not fully aware of how direct sun exposure can affect and damage the skin of their children so the first step that every parent should need to do is to have in-depth information about the dangers of sun exposure and the different health and skin problems it can cause. Protecting children from the sun not only prevents rashes and blistering sunburns but it also reduces the risk of developing malignant melanoma, one of the most notorious types of skin cancer later in life. Therefore, understanding all these hazards is highly important and knowing all the possible ways to protect the kids from the sun should be the first priority of any parent.