Part Three of Our Summer Skin Safety Series
What can parents do to help keep kids safe from the sun? Here are some top tips.
- Make sure your your kids wear sunscreen (SPF 15 or above) whenever they’re outside for a prolonged period of time
- Teach your child to check his or her skin periodically when playing outside; if the skin turns white when pressed on with a finger it may be starting to sunburn.
- Have your child wear a hat and UV-blocking sunglasses when playing out in the sun.
- Have your child wear a shirt and pants that provide good coverage. Some clothing now comes with the UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) listed on the tags.
- Encourage outside play when the sun is less intense; before 10am or after 4pm.
- Common drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and antibiotics can cause increased sensitivity to the sun, so talk to you doctor about your children’s medications.
- Insure your kids get adequate amounts of vitamin D from food and supplements rather than only from sun exposure.
- Talk to your child’s doctor about skin safety and make sure you have the latest information