- When it comes to summer break or vacation, children are hard to be controlled. They don’t mind the hard weathers, the burning sun, or even the cold winds, they always look forward to go out and play. The skin cancer foundation says that around 80% of your lifetime sun exposure happens only during the childhood. Getting exposed to single sunburn is capable of doubling the risk of getting melanoma in your future.
It’s your responsibility to take care of your children, especially during the summer. Safeguard them from the harsh heat and sunburns, to ensure that they have a safe playtime. Here are a few ways to protect them from the sun:
- Limit their outdoor playtime – Keep them away from the playgrounds when it’s scotching hot on the outside. You can regulate their playtimes and ask them to come back home during the hot afternoons. Let them play until 10 am in the morning and them make them spend the rest of the day indoors with some in-house activities. You can again send them out in the evening after 4 or 5 pm, when the sun is about to go low. This will save them from getting exposed to direct sunlight. You can also build a shade in your backyard and let them play there when the sun is high.
- Apply sunscreen on them – Make sure you generously apply some sunscreen on them 30 minutes before they go into the sunny playground. The sunscreen must have an SPF of 15 or higher to last for a while. Before you apply the sunscreen on their exposed skin, just try applying it over a small portion of their skin and test if it goes well with them. If it causes any allergic reactions go for a moderate sunscreen. If they are involved in heavy physical activity that involved profound sweating or activities like swimming, make sure that you reapply the sunscreen after every 2 or 3 hours.
- Cover them up properly – One simple and good way to ward off sun damage is by covering your kid in good clothing. Cotton clothes are best for summer because the fabric will easily help their skin respire and also cool their body when compared to other fabrics. Avoid clothing them in black as it would trap the heat on the insides of the outfit. You can also make them wear a hat and sunglasses if they are about to go out for a long time.
- Give them enough fluids – Summer months will literally drain the water content from your body. It becomes even more severe for children; their tender skin will easily transpire the water from their cells. Make them drink enough water so that the energy and water their cell loses gets refilled instantly. You can also give them energy drinks in-between their playtimes. Place a pitcher full of water and a few glasses in your backyard, where they are playing. Make sure you don’t let the humid weather affect them in any way.