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How Can I Protect My Kids from the Sun?
Kids need protection from the sun whenever they’re outdoors. Per CDC, just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Here are few ways you can ensure your kid’s skin is protected from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays:
1. First, avoid unnecessary exposure when the sun’s rays are at their strongest. Try to send the kids outside to play when the sun rays are no so strong. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities during this time.
2. Need to protect the little ones with a good sunscreen. Select sunscreens with SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or higher. Reapply sunscreen every 2 to 3 hours, or after sweating or swimming.
3. Have your kids wear protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts/blouses and long pants. Darker colors tend to offer more protection than the lighter colors. Use of accessories such as hats, and sunglasses will also provide UV protection and don’t forget the umbrella.
4. You need to follow the same UV protection rules to motivate your child to do the same. You also need to use proper sunscreen, protect your skin by wearing appropriate clothing, use hat and sunglasses.
5. Pay attention to medications. There are some medications that can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so consult with the doctor before exposing your child to sun about any risks.