Keep your kids safe in the sun

You need to know exactly what to use and when and how to protect their skins. The following guidelines were adapted from the AAD:

Shading the sun away
  • Kids should wear sunglasses too! Protect their eyes and the skin around their eyes with sunglasses that block 90-100% of the sun’s UV rays.
  • Let them wear wide brimmed hats that will shade their necks and faces.
  • Apply sunscreen to your child every day if they will be outside for more than 20 minutes.
  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.
  • Use enough sunscreen to cover all the important areas.
  • Take a break from the sun and rather play indoors between 09:00 – 15:00 when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest and most harmful.
  • When choosing sunscreen, look for one with an SPF of 15 and higher that provides broad spectrum coverage against all ultraviolet light wavelengths.
  • Dispose of sunscreen older than 3 years because they are no longer effective.
Understanding your sunscreen – What factor sunscreen should I use?
  • Determine how long it takes for your skin to burn when you are in the sun.
  • Divide that number of minutes into the total number of minutes you want to spend in the sun.
  • The result is the SPF you should look for in a sunscreen e.g. if your unprotected skin burns in 10 minutes, and you plan on being in the sun for three hours, you would need a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 18 (180 minutes divided by 10 equals 18).
  • If you are still unsure use a high SPF factor to protect your kids. Rather safe than sorry.
Tip: Make sure they stay hydrated… 

If they complain of headache, feeling warm and nausea they might have heat exhaustion. 

You might also want to read about the advantages of swimming lessons.