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5 Ways to Protect Your Children from the Sun

5 Ways to Protect Your Children from the Sun
14 August 2014 1304 Views No comments

One of the biggest issues during the summer – both in the UK and if you're travelling abroad for a holiday – is the sun. During the good weather you're likely to be spending more time outside, especially if you have a local beach or a pool. While this is great fun, it does mean that you have to take more care of your children's skin.

Children have more sensitive skin, which tends to make them more prone to burning in the sun. Not only is sunburn incredibly uncomfortable, but it also actually damages the skin and can lead to health problems in later life. To keep your little ones happy and healthy, it is best to take as many steps as possible to provide high levels of protection from the sun.

Sun cream

This is the most obvious form of protection for your children, yet many people get it wrong. While you may use a low factor on yourself, your children need an SPF of 30+ to keep their skin safe from harmful UV rays.

You should also apply it at least ten minutes before leaving the house to make sure that they are fully protected from the moment they go out in the sun – this includes if they are only playing in the garden.

If your children are going swimming, be sure to choose a waterproof sun cream and reapply it when they have gotten out of the water. Even waterproof sun creams wash off a bit, so it is better to be safe rather than sorry.

You also need to make sure that all skin is protected. This includes their faces and scalps, which are often forgotten and can get very badly burnt.

Sun protection suits

If your child hates having sun cream applied or won't stay still long enough for you to do the job properly, it could be a good idea to come up with an alternative.

Konfidence's Sun Protection Suits are perfect for the beach or outdoor pool, as they cover up more of your child's skin and reduce their exposure to harmful UV rays.

They have full-length sleeves and three-quarter length shorts, helping to avoid burning, while the soft Lycra material is comfortable and allows normal movement both in and out of the water.

You'll still need to apply cream to the areas of skin that aren't covered by the suit, but it will be a much easier experience.

Avoid the sun

If you're spending the whole day out in the sun, it is important to provide some degree of shade to allow you and your children a break from the UV rays. This is especially important during the hours of midday and 2 pm, which is when the sun is highest in the sky.

If the place you are spending the day doesn't provide any shade, you should consider taking a large parasol or, if you're on the beach, a pop-up sun shade tent.

Not only will these give everyone a break from the sun, but they are also a great way to ensure that your children know where you are at all times. If you happen to lose sight of each other, a tent or parasol is a great marker for them to find you again.

Headwear

Children's scalps often get burnt, as it is easy to forget there is visible skin there, let alone skin that is almost constantly subjected to the sun.

With this in mind, it is important to provide high levels of protection to your children's heads. Wearing hats is one of the easiest ways, but many kids' hats aren't waterproof, which poses issues if you are heading into the water.

Luckily, Konfidence's Sun Protection Hats are fully waterproof and the perfect way to protect your little one's scalps, faces and necks from the sun. They are legionnaire style hats, meaning they have a flap that hangs down the back of the neck as well as a larger than average peak.

With fun designs and bright colours – which alter in UV light, helping you to teach your children about sun protection – your children will love wearing them.

Awareness

One of the easiest ways to help your children avoid getting sunburnt is to make sure that they are aware of the dangers of the sun.

Explaining why protection is needed, why they should sit in the shade and why they should tell you if they feel like they are burning will all help them to be aware of caring for the skin and could help to develop good habits when it comes to the sun.