Summer Sunscreen Protection
Do you know which is the most common type of cancer in US? Skin cancer. As hard as it is to believe, it is true. One out of every five Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer because of lack of protection from the sun and due to the increasing use of tanning beds, lotions and other medications. As per research most people do not take sunscreen protection importantly enough which is why more and more young are becoming prone to the development of skin cancers of different varieties.
It is essential that when you take your little ones outside, you ensure that sunscreen protection is your top priority. The less your child is directly exposed to the sun, the less their chances of developing any kind of skin rash, cancer or other skin related diseases. Here are all the ways you can make sure that your child is not harmed by the dangerous UV rays.
- Cover them up: Whether or not there is a strong sunshine outside, make sure that your little ones are fully clothed in long sleeves and full pants. If some body part is exposed, like hands, legs or face, apply sunscreen so that UV protection is absolute. This is especially important when you are taking the children out for the whole day or when they will directly be under the sun for more than an hour.
- Covering up means you need to cover their heads as well. Either use caps or opt for shaded strollers if your child is a toddler. If the child is old enough to handle caps get hem ones that cover their necks and ears along with the head. You can also buy them sunglasses to keep their eyes protected.
- Shade: If you are taking your children to the park or beach, be sure to keep a large umbrella or some other kind of shade on hand. This way the child and you yourself will not have to be exposed to direct sunlight at all times. If you have forgotten an umbrella, a tree will do too for shade.
- Sunscreen creams: Summer sun creams are some of the best things that you can invest in. for children SPF 15 is amazing, but make sure it covers both UVA and UVB protection. Make sure you apply the cream at least 30 minutes before leaving the house so that it can take action well in advance. If you have plans of going in the water with your child, you will need to reapply the cream once after every 2-3 hours.
No matter where you go during the day hour, ensure that you have the sunscreen in your handbag or baby bag at all times. You never know when you will need it in an emergency. Ask your baby’s pediatrician which cream is best for toddlers and newborns so that maximum protection can be achieved.
© Teresa Boardman, Nanny Options.