8 ways to keep kids safe in the sun

Posted by / Tuesday 09 August 2016 / Parenting Tips Health Safety
safe in the sun

Getting out and about in summer is great fun for the kids, but it's important to make sure they're protected from the sun's harmful rays.

Here are our top tips for helping to keep your children safe in the sun. 

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  • When the sun is at it's strongest (between 11am and 3pm), make sure there is enough shade for your child to play in to keep out of the sun - playing under a tree in the garden is perfect.
  • Babies under the age of six months should be kept out of direct sunlight, especially when the sun it at it's strongest - around midday.
  • Make sure to apply suncream with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above to any exposed parts of your child's skin with suncream, even on cloudy or overcast days. Don't forget to apply it to their shoulders, nose, ears, cheeks and the tops of their feet and reapply often throughout the day.
  • Be especially careful to protect your child's shoulders and the back of their neck when they're playing, as these are the most common areas for sunburn.
  • Baggy, cotton oversized t-shirts are great for covering your child up in the sun.
  • Sun hats with a wide brim that shades your child's face and neck are great for keeping them covered from the sun.
  • Protect your child's eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard and carry the "CE" mark (if you're not sure, you can check the label or ask the manufacturer).
  • If your child is swimming or will get wet, use a waterproof suncream of factor 15 or above and make sure to reapply after getting dry again.

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