Summer is here! Children do not want to sit around - summer is prime time for enjoying the outdoors with your kids. Here are few tips to help make it a fun, enjoyable and safe summer.
Avoiding sunburn is a must – according to the Skin Cancer Foundation Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer.
Make sure you and your kids use sunscreen daily with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 that protects against UV (ultraviolet) A and B rays. Apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before going outside. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after a dip in the pool, even if your kids are using a water-resistant product. Wide-brimmed hats, whole-body swimsuits, sunglasses and lip balm with an SPF15 add important protection.
Don’t use sunscreen on babies 6 months old and younger. Instead, protect babies from the sun with lightweight pants, long-sleeved shirts and a hat with a brim.
When sunburn does occur, treat it with soothing agents such as aloe and emollient lotions. Use over-the-counter hydrocortisone to ease discomfort.
Plan your outdoor adventures for the cooler morning and dusk hours of the day. Avoid direct sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as it is at its peak during these hours. Plan a nice picnic at your local park, lay a blanket underneath the shade of the trees with cooling snacks like watermelon. If your child is playing summer sports or is physically active outdoors, keep cool drinks such as water or sports drinks close at hand.
If you have a backyard pool, make sure it is fenced in with properly functioning and locking gates. Don’t rely on inflatable toys or mattresses to keep your child safe. Close supervision is essential at all times – you need to be close enough to reach out and catch your child if needed.
Hopefully these tips are helpful and remember to keep hydrated at all time.