Summer Sun Protection Tips for Kids

kids sun protectionYou’ve been waiting all year to get out and enjoy the summer sunshine with your family – it’s time to hit the pool, the park, and the beach! But to truly have fun in the sun, you have to be protected from it, too! Ready to head out and soak up some rays? Here are some tips for protecting the kiddos (and yourself!) from the sun before you do.

Be A Stickler About Sunscreen

Kids need to wear sunscreen outside – no exceptions! The experts at WebMD advise choosing a kid-friendly sunscreen for your little darlings. When selecting a sunscreen for your kiddos, look for brands with the ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Not only are these compounds are less irritating to the skin than others, they are not absorbed into your child’s skin, either. Another tip? Choose sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and make sure you get a “broad spectrum” sunscreen – this means it blocks out both harmful UVA and UVB rays. Lastly, know when to apply and re-apply. Sunscreen needs to go on 15-30 minutes before you head out, and be re-applied every two hours. You’ll need to re-apply it more frequently if you’re going swimming.

Choose Clothing Carefully

Headed to the park? It may be too hot for long sleeves and pants, but you can still protect your kids’ unexposed skin by choosing the right clothing. Light-colored, sheer clothing can still let in harmful UV rays, so choose darker, more tightly-woven fabrics for outdoor play, especially during peak sun hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Want extra protection? You can purchase UPF rash guard shirts or even use a laundry additive called SunGuard to add UPF 30 to all your clothes in the washing machine.

Protect With Accessories

Hats are a great way to add extra sun protection for your baby’s precious face!  Take your kiddo to pick out a hat that they will feel comfortable wearing. Make sure to choose something with a wide brim to cast a nice shadow over his or her face. Another must-have sun accessory? Sunglasses! According to the Vision Council, UVA and UVB rays can have damaging long- and short-term effects on eyes just like they do on skin. Purchase a pair of sunglasses or your child with UV protection and store and care for them to avoid scratching the lenses and damaging the protection factor.

Ready for some outdoor adventures? Ready, set, protect! What big plans do you have for fun in the summer sun this year?

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