Five sun safe tips for the littlies this summer

Summer is a great time to get active outdoors with your family. But it’s important to be sun smart. Here are five tips to help you practice sun safety with your little ones this summer.

Summer is synonymous with fun in the sun and is a wonderful time of year to get active outside with the family. 

However, before hitting the beach or letting the kids loose under the sprinkler make sure that all you’re being sun smart. 

Here are a few tips to make sure your family fun is sun safe this summer:

1. Cover up 

Although it’s tempting to strip off when it’s hot, it is important to cover up for sun protection. Long sleeved SPF (sun protection factor) rated rash shirts, board shorts and a wide brimmed hat can help keep your kids covered.

2. Sunscreen

Apply and reapply sunscreen, SPF 50 is best on children’s skin. Make sure you give the sunscreen enough time to absorb by applying it 20 minutes before you leave the house. Don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours or more often if they’re swimming.  

Using zinc on their little faces is a great way to keep them protected and also acts a visual reminder of when to reapply, especially in tricky places such as under the eyes where children may rub. 

3. Protect their eyes 

Most adults wear sunglasses but we often forget to protect kids’ eyes. Get them some cool shades, especially for the beach where glare off the water can be strong. 
Girl in sunglasses

4. Time it right

It’s a good idea to stay out of the sun during the hottest parts of the day, and particularly during peak UV times. Early mornings and late afternoons at the beach or park are the best anyway!  If you are out in the sun, find a shady spot or BYO shade with a sun shelter or umbrella. 

5. Consider incidental exposure 

You may not have an outing planned but even a quick play in the garden or a walk to the shops can result in harmful sun exposure. Teach your kids about the risks of incidental exposure and the importance of wearing a hat and sunscreen whenever they go outside. 
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