It’s really important that all of us stay safe in the sun but young children are just so vulnerable we have to take particular care. Skin cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the UK -and the fastest growing
Here are my top 10 tips for sun safety.
1.Sun hats all the way! They protect children form sunstroke and burning and help them feel cool. They may not be overly popular with kids but its really worth working on. I had my kids choose their own and I also bought myself one this year and I burnt my scalp last year!
2. Drink plenty of water. Children don’t always ask for a drink when they need one so regularly offering is important. Filled water bottles are the least expensive option and easily transported.
3. Staying inside or in the shade between the hottest periods of the day is always a good ides this is usually between 10 and 2but you need to use your judgement.
4. Beach tents are a great idea, providing shade where it is needed for a little one without having to take them away from all the fun.
5. When you are wet ( from swimming, surfing, snorkelling or sailing.) it is easy not to feel too hot or affected by the son but actually you are still completely vulnerable. UVA swimwear and sunsuits will protect you from the sun. UV sunlight is a leading but preventable cause of cancer. UV swimwear are available for all ages and a really sensible solution.
6. Suncream. It goes without saying the suncream is a really important and effective tool against sunburn and ageing skin. Often its only effective for year or two so do check use by dates and do use liberally! 50+ is usually recommended for kids.
7. Keep very young children (6 months or less) out of the sun.
8. Don’t forget sunglasses to protect eyes
9. Long sleeved shirts are best (and do mind the back of the neck is protected)
10. Don’t use tanning beds to get a pre- summer tan, use fake tan if anything much safer.
My sun safety tips are from common sense, experiences and as advised by the sun safety alliance