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5 sun safety tips for babies and toddlers

April 26, 2017

It’s that time of year again – Summer holidays are coming and many of us are heading for the sun. In fact, according to a survey carried out by On Device Research, every Summer around 58% of us Brits travel abroad, with favourite destinations being Spain and the USA.

But whilst most of us want to focus on fun in the sun, the serious matter of skin protection should not be overlooked, particularly when it comes to sensitive baby skin.

Even though parents are much more aware of the risk to their children of skin cancer caused by UV rays and sunburn, Cancer Research still recorded 55 children affected by Carcinomas and Malignant Melanoma over a 2 year period – a clear warning that we can never take the sun for granted!

So, before you head off for sunnier climes, it’s worth making sure your little ones are literally ‘covered’ against sun risks. Here are just a few sun safety tips to help keep them safe.

1. Pop up the parasol

Try to keep small babies away from strong sunlight at all times and particularly between 10am and 4pm when the sun’s rays are strongest. A parasol over prams and buggies will keep your baby shaded and cool.

2. Smooth on the suncream

Make sure you get a suitable suncream for babies and follow the instructions to ensure they are protected properly. You might also want to use a sunscreen lip balm to protect their sensitive lips. Make sure you carry plenty of sunblock with you at all times, so you can reapply it whenever needed.

Also, remember to also use waterproof sunscreen if your little one is going in the water, as this will prevent it being washed off.

3. Bob on a bonnet

Make sure your little one also wears a light hat with a decent sized brim when out in the sun. Not only will this protect their eyes, face and scalp against sun damage, it can also help minimise the risk of sunstroke.

4. Keep clothing cool

Making sure your little one wears light, breathable clothing is another important way to ensure they stay cool and avoid sunburn, heatstroke or prickly heat. Also, if you are using a baby sling or carrier make sure they are not getting too hot.

A good rule of thumb is that your baby or toddler typically only need clothes as warm as the ones you are wearing, so keep clothes cool in hot weather.

5. Slide on the shades

As the sun can damage eyes as well as skin, it is important to get your child used to wearing sunglasses from around 8 months old. Make sure you choose shades that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection and conform to Standard BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013.

Have you got sun safety in the bag?

Hopefully, the above sun safety tips will help you keep your little one’s skin cool and burn-free over the summer holidays.

Just remember to take a bag with you wherever you go that contains sunscreen, a spare brimmed hat and a change of clothes for when your little one gets sweaty.

That way you’ll never get caught out and can always be sure of enjoying your time in the sun.

Happy holidays!