According to the American Academy of Pediatrics the sun's invisible ultraviolet rays are what cause damage to your child's skin even on foggy or hazy days . Hats and umbrellas do not completely protect children because UV lights reflect off the sand, water and other surfaces.
To protect against sun damage the AAP offers the following suggestions:
- Keep children away from the sun between 10am to 4pm
- use sunscreen with a sun protection factor(SPF) of at least 15. Apply 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every 1.5 to 2 hours especially while in water
- dress your child in a light cotton outfit with long sleeves and long pants and a wide brimmed hat
- use a beach umbrella to keep the child in the shade
- keep babies under 6 months of age away from the sun. Sunscreen maybe used in small areas of the body such as the face and the back of the hands
- the skin is not the only thing that needs protection but sunglasses are very important to protect your eyes
HAVE A SAFE AND FUN SUMMER!!