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Eight Tips for Keeping Kids Safe from the Sun

27Jul

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.

  1. Make sure your your kids wear sunscreen (SPF 15 or above) whenever they’re outside for a prolonged period of time
  2. 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.
  3. Have your child wear a hat and UV-blocking sunglasses when playing out in the sun.
  4. 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.
  5. Encourage outside play when the sun is less intense; before 10am or after 4pm.
  6. 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.
  7. Insure your kids get adequate amounts of vitamin D from food and supplements rather than only from sun exposure.
  8. Talk to your child’s doctor about skin safety and make sure you have the latest information
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