Sun protection for Children
Use sunscreen with at least (Sunburn Protection Factor) SPF 30 should be used for children over 6 months every time they go out in the sun for grwon ups they should use sunscreen with atleast SPF 15 rating. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Sunscreens contain chemicals that absorb or reflect UV rays.
The effectiveness of the sunscreen depends on number of factors including how often it is applied, how much is absorbed into the skin, the activity engaged in, and the skin type of the user. And be sure to use the water resistant and waterproof sunscreens for such activities.
Take sunscreen with you to reapply during the day, especially after your child swims or exercises. This applies to waterproof and water-resistant products as well. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened.
Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of the sun as much as possible, and try to use a wide brimmed hat and loose fitting clothing to shield them. Use UV protection sunglasses to avoid eyesight damage lateer in life. One thing we do know to be fact is that too much sunlight increases the risk of melanomas and other skin cancers.
Too Much Sun Hurts:
• Warning: Even a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of getting skin cancer.
• Turning pink: Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. So, if your child’s skin looks “a little pink” today, it may be burned tomorrow morning. To prevent further burning, get your child out of the sun.
• Tan: There’s no other way to say it—tanned skin is damaged skin. Any change in the color of your child’s skin after time outside—whether sunburn or suntan—indicates damage from UV rays.
• Cool and cloudy: Children still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage. Clouds do not block UV rays, they filter them—and sometimes only slightly.
If your child has recently experienced any sunburns issues talk to your Pediatrician to make sure everthing is fine.