The most balmy and sizzling season has already knocked on the door. This is the time when parents finally take days off and go on a vacation with their children - the ones who do not really like to be sun-kissed.
Summer is the season when parents have to pay attention in order to avoid sunburns. It is not necessary for toddlers to be at the beach or in the pool as protecting their skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays is essential whenever they are outdoors.
Stay away from mid-days: Afternoon is the part of the day when ultraviolet rays become the most harmful so it's the best idea to plan indoor activities rather than outdoor ones but in case it's not possible, always try to seek for a shade by having an umbrella, a tent or simply standing under trees.
Cover up: long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can prevent sunburns. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric protect the best. Wet clothes offer much less UV protection than dry ones, and darker colors offer more protection than lighter ones. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are one of the most convenient ways to avoid such complications.
Wear sunglasses: They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Find sunglasses that wrap around and block up to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays.
Apply sunscreen: In order your child to be protected, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet. Reapply every two hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off. if your or your child’s skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor.
Unprotected skin can be damaged by rays in approximately 15 minutes. Yet it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the entire effect of sun exposure. Therefore, if your child’s skin looks “a little pink” today, it might be burned tomorrow. To prevent further burning, get your child out of the sun or in the worst scenario, see a doctor.