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Keeping your child safe in the sun

Keeping your child safe in the sun

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Playing outside can be fun; however, it increases exposure to sun light resulting in sunburn especially during summertime.

Monday, May 1st, 2017

However, keeping your child locked inside all day in order to prevent him or her from getting exposed to is not possible.

Here are some ways that can help you to keep your child safe from the sun:

Since sun rays are strongest between 10 am and 3 pm, make your child to play in the shade, such as under the tree or encourage him or her to play indoor games during that time.

Buy a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 or above. See that it is effective against both UVA and UVB rays.

Apply sunscreen to your child even on a cloudy day as UV rays can penetrate on cloudy days. Make sure that you apply it especially to your child’s nose, ears, cheeks, shoulders, tops of feet, and back of neck.

Sunscreen should be applied to your child at least 15 minutes before they go out in the sun. Reapply it at least every 2–3 hours.

Use a waterproof sunscreen, if your child goes for swimming.

While outside, make your child wear full sleeve loose cotton clothes. Wearing a cap and sunglass will provide additional protection.

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