It is important to protect your child from the day they are born from this UV radiation as skin cancer takes some time to develop – up to 20 to 30 years and in Ireland; we typically have fair, light coloured skin that freckles or burns easily and we can be more at risk than other nationalities.
Here are some tips on how to keep your child safe in the sun.
- Children less than 6 months ought to be kept in the shade at all times – use protective umbrella/parasols/protectors for your baby.
- Try and keep your older children indoors during the hours of 11 am and 3 pm or at least, encourage them to play in the shade.
- Provide hats and sunglasses for your children– let your child pick their hat so that they will wear it– and let them choose ‘cool’ wrap-around sunglasses which have 100% UV protection and have UV 400 which means the sunglasses protect from both UV-A and UV-B rays.
- Dress your children in loose fitting clothes that cover their arms and legs.
- Most importantly – use sun Protection before going out into the sun. Reapply after swimming and during the day to protect your child from the sun’s damaging rays and then you can relax and enjoy yourselves!
Information courtesy of Caldesun