Summer Safety Tips / fun in the sun

Fun in the Sun

  • Protect your child from too much sun. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so be extra careful during that time.
  • Whenever your child is outside, use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 to 30. Choose one that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours and after being in the water or sweating.
  • Keep children under 1 out of the sun as much as you can. Dress your baby in lightweight, light-colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants. Always cover their head. Children under 6 months of age can have small amounts of sunscreen put on their faces and the backs of their hands, but be careful not to get it in their eyes or mouth.
  • Most of the sun’s burning rays go right through clouds, so use sunscreen even on cloudy days.
  • Select sunglasses for babies and children that provide 100% UV protection.
  • When it is 90° or above and humid, children should not play outside or exercise for more than 30 minutes at a time.
  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids even if they are not thirsty. Water is best.
  • Take breaks to cool off in the shade.

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