Are You applying Sun Screen on the kids every Day?

The need to apply sun screen daily  is something that I think about quite a lot. Anybody that knows me will find it hard to believe but I am actually fair skinned , and my daughter is also very fair.So for people like this ( really all Irish skin) even on a dull day , we should be applying sun screen.

Sunlight generally makes us feel good, it provides us with vitamin D and lifts our spirits but despite these qualities it is becoming more apparent that we need to protect ourselves from too much sunlight, due to some of it’s less desirsometop tips on protecting your child’s skin during summertime.

The sun’s rays are risky for all of us, above all for infants, toddlers, children, and teens. Early exposure to too much sun and childhood sunburns can lead to skin cancer over time. By protecting your child’s skin, especially in the summer, you can help prevent sunburn — and greatly cut skin cancerrisk later on.

Too much of the sun’s ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays burn the skin, which over time can lead to basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer. Severe sunburn in a child younger than age 18 raises the risk of melanoma later in life. Sunburns can also age the skin over time, bringing on wrinkles, liver spots, and white splotches.

Have your children wear sun-protective clothing.

Have your children wear sun-protective clothing, hats and good quality sunglasses (‘European Standard’). This is probably the best way to protect them from UV rays while they are out in the sunshine. Of course, you can’t keep them covered head to foot this way all the time though! If they are going to be exposed to sunshine, be sure to use a sunblock or sun screen.

For everyday use, look for broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. If your child will be spending extended time outdoors, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Apply one ounce (two tablespoons) of sunscreen to your child’s entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Assist children in reapplying sunscreen every two hours and after swimming or playing sports, because water and sweat wash sunscreen away. If your children apply their own sunscreen, remind them to cover easy-to-miss spots, such as the backs of ears and neck, as well as the tops of feet and hands

Don’t forget to lead by example

Don’t forget to lead by example. If you cover up too, it will become automatic for your children to do so.

After all that enjoy the summer and the nice weather (if we get some) and a little bit of exposure to sunlight is good for us all,tanned skin is very healthy looking , but remember not too much….To learn more about first aid for kids CLICK HERE