Sun Safety – Tips For Your Child

Living in Miami, it’s almost impossible to escape the harrowing effects of the sun. You see, those ubiquitous UV rays can pose some potential health hazards when exposed at unsafe levels. But for most adults, this can be avoided. A little sun block here and there, coupled with some smart fashion choices and you’ll be ready to go in no time. But what happens, when it comes to our children and sun safety? After all, many recommend that younger children abstain from using chemicals found in sun block. So what’s a concerned parent to do? Easy! Keep these great tips in mind!

 To Sunblock or Not To Sunblock

This can be a bit of a touchy subject. While sunscreen is great at blocking out those harmful UV rays, many experts advise against its usage on infants. This is because the active ingredients could potentially react poorly with maturing skin. When in doubt, however, always check with your pediatrician.

If any case, test a small amount of at least 15 SPF on a small area to see how your child’s skin reacts. If all checks out, make sure you get easy-to-miss areas like the ears, nose and lips. Don’t forget to also reapply every two hours or so, especially if your child is sweating or is in the water.

Make Use of Shade

Experts agree, if your child is under 6 months, it’s best to avoid sun exposure altogether, especially during 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. But most Floridians know, this is a lot easier said than done, especially with those beautiful beaches so close by. That’s why, if you’re planning a weekend of fun in the sun with your child, you should make use of available shade to maximize sun safety. Pack smart by bringing an umbrella or pop-up tent to make the most of your trip. In any event, even a little tree shade can provide adequate sun safety for both you and your child.

Cover Up

We can’t stress how important covering up is. Although it may seem a little counterintuitive to cover up in the heat, it can be one of the best methods of sun protection for children. Covering up when being exposed to the sun can be easy (and fashionable)! Remember to bring sun safety essentials like hats with a brim, sunglasses and clothes with tightly woven fabric. In most cases, dark and dry clothes can be used to offer protection against sunrays. However, for the best sun safety, use articles of clothes that offer UV protection without the use of chemicals.