As summer closes in, babies and toddlers begin to take off some layers for outdoor activities. However, excessive ultraviolet rays are dangerous to your baby’s tender skin. For that reason, playing under the hot sun is liable to get sunburned and even sunstroke. So, in order to enjoy summer fun outdoors you’d better arm your kids to the teeth with sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, tent, and so on. In addition to this, what else should you pay attention to keep your baby safe in the summer sun? Here are some helpful sun safety tips for you.
Choose the best time of day for the outdoors
Basking in the sunshine can let your baby get more vitamin D, which is known for promoting the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus by regulating their metabolism in the human body, and therefore promoting bone growth. Or, lack of vitamin D can cause health problems like rickets and tetany, hair loss, and the like.
Because the baby’s skin is very thin and has a lower tolerance, it is easy to get burned by ultraviolet light. In order to protect your baby from the sun, make sure to do the outdoor activities before 10:00 in the morning and after 16:00 in the afternoon. Twice a day, about 10 minutes each time, is enough to get the amount of vitamin D for the need of a whole day.
Stay in the shade
Shade is always the ideal shield that can protect your baby from the sun. So, let them stay or play in where sunlight does not reach, a shade or a shelter, when the outdoor temperature is higher and the sunlight is intense and direct in summer. Normally around one hour per day is enough for the baby in this case.
Use infant dedicated sunscreen
Adult skin is very different from the infants’. Since sun care products for adults tend to contain organic chemistry, they are not suitable for babies. Hence, be sure to choose the baby dedicated sunscreens, which, as their names imply, are exclusively designed for infants according to their skin’s characteristics. That being said, this kind of sunscreen is able to protect infants, babies, and toddlers in the summer sun by effectively preventing the UV sunburn.
As you may know, sun exposure increases the chance of getting skin cancer. Therefore, remember to wear sunscreen for babies on your baby’s exposed skin before sun exposure. In general, it is ideal to use a high-quality sunscreen of SPF 15. But when swimming the waterproof sunscreen of SPF 30 is better since it won’t easily wash right off. By the way, sunscreen, suntan lotion, and sunblock are different. Please click here to know more if you have no idea about their difference.
Prepare necessary tools for babies before sun exposure
If you are going out with your kids in summer, besides of sun block you should prepare some other tools, for example, baby sun protection suit, tent, hat, glasses, car, and the like. Take the trouble necessary to prepare them since the more you’ve done, the better you can protect your children from the damage of sun.
Select the appropriate baby sun protection clothing
You sweat more in hot weather. So do kids. At this time sun protection clothing is particularly important. So, it is highly recommended to choose long clothing made of cotton, linen, or gauze for your children. The benefits of it are twofold: it helps kids’ activities since it is light, moisture wicking, comfortable, and breathable, plus it effectively prevents skin sunburn by preferably covering your baby’s skin.
Matters that need your special attention
1) It is best not to put sunblock on infants younger than 6 months old. Mind you, this is more so when you apply sunblock on their whole body;
2) Do not cast a veil on your baby for the purpose of blocking the sun when going outdoors. This is because doing so will cause shortness of breath;
3) Do not give your baby the adult sunscreen, just in case it may trigger skin allergies;
4) Wearing a wide-brimmed hat or long bill cap makes more sense for a 2-year-old baby. But for a 3-year old, wearing sunglasses is preferable since it can block the UVA and UVB rays. Of course, you’d better choose the lens that comes with this above-mentioned function in the first place.
Using sunscreen or other protective measures is essential to protect your infants, babies and toddlers in the summer sun. So, don’t take it lightly because they have more delicate skin that needs more protection.