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Too Much Sun Hurts! ☀️
Protect your little ones, and yourself!Send: 2019-07-26
I don't want to scare you "too" much (don't be afraid, be responsible), but unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays in as little as 15 minutes.
And it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. So, if your child’s skin looks “a little pink” today, it may be burned tomorrow morning. To prevent further burning, get your child out of the sun.
Cool and cloudy? Your kids still need protection. UV rays, not the temperature, do the damage. Clouds do not block UV rays, they filter them—and sometimes only slightly.
What to do?
Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened.
Cover up. When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors.
Get a hat. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don’t protect their ears and neck.
Wear sunglasses. They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life.
Apply sunscreen. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.
And when covering up your pram to protect your baby from the sun, please make sure you don't block the air-circulation and that you can still properly monitor your baby.
Do enjoy the nice weather, but do so responsibly, and don't forget that this all applies to you as well 😎⛱
-Mona & Mark
Tip: Instead of having 1 big bottle of sunscreen, we normally buy 3 or 4 small ones. They are easy to bring, even with small pockets. And you can "misplace" one or two and still have enough handy to protect your kids.
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