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Keeping Your Kids Safe from the Sun

Kids love the outdoors. We can’t blame them; it is much enjoyable to play games outside rather than playing indoors where you can have a limited view and limited set of activities. Swimming is also one of the most favorite past time among children which makes them spend so many hours under the heat of the sun.

Staying too much under the sun can cause minor to serious problems to your child’s health. Your child can have sunburn, have dehydration, and much worse he can be prone to have skin cancer especially that your child’s skin is still very sensitive.

Although staying under the sun can give a lot health risks, you do not have to stop them from enjoying. There are a lot of ways in which you can protect your child from the harmful effects of the sun without preventing them from sun exposure. Here are some tips on how you can keep your kids safe from the sun:

  • Tell your child about the harmful effects that too much sun exposure can give to his body. In this way he will be cautious in his own little way. When you remind him that he is staying too much on the sun, he will understand because you have already explained the reasons beforehand.
  • Before going out either to play at your backyard or swim at the beach, make sure that you have applied sunscreen which contains at least SPF 30 thirty minutes before you. The higher the SPF, the better protection it gives the skin. It is best that your choice of sunscreen it waterproof so that its effect won’t be gone when in water.
  • As much as possible limit your child’s sun exposure especially during 10 AM to 4 PM wherein the sun’s rays are most harmful to the skin. If your child insists that he still wants to play or swim, tell him that he can go back after resting under the shade. In this way the body has time to cool down and be away from the heat of the sun.
  • Keep your child hydrated. Make sure that you have ready drinks for your child to drink. Dehydration is very common when it is very hot so it should be prevented. You should also be mindful for the signs of dehydration like headaches, excessive thirst, too much sweating, and weakness.
  • Make sure that you are there to watch over your child while he is outside. At least you can tell him that he is staying too much on the sun and you can respond quickly if ever emergency happens. Close guarding your child doesn’t mean being too close, you can just watch from a distance without him getting intimidated.

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Dealing With Sunburn: Measures to Apply When Your Child Suffers from Sun Exposure

These days, it is not uncommon for children to experience and suffer sunburn. Apart from the changing climate and harsh weather conditions, children naturally love the outdoors and admittedly, there are several attractive options that easily attract children into exposing themselves in under the engaging rays of the sun.

Parents should know that inasmuch as sunlight is a healthy treat in making sure that the Vitamin D is synthesized by the body, too much exposure could lead to harmful effects like sunburn; in the long run, it may actually progress to cancer, both benign and malignant. Therefore, if you know that your child has seemingly developed sunburn frequently, you should be more careful as sunburn results from overexposure to the ultraviolet radiation of the sun. At first, you may not actually see the evidence but in time, in a few hours minimum, you will know that the redness, tenderness and pain as well as the uncomfortable warmth and blister formation are the situations that you should not allow your child to experience. In worst case scenarios, your child may experience complications from sun burn which include vomiting, fever and fainting spells. Bear in mind that as compared with adults, children’s skin are actually more delicate and fragile so they are more vulnerable. In fact, even a short 15-minute sun exposure without protection will definitely cause sunburn and mind you, even if it is windy or cloudy outside, the rays of the sun can penetrate the skin.

Thankfully, there are measures parents can do to prevent sunburn. Make sure that your child, as much as possible especially when he is in the school premises, should be away from direct sunlight from nine in the morning till four in the afternoon. The figures may range depending on the location but generally speaking, the figures vary and have changed compared to the past because of the depleted ozone layer protecting the earth. Nonetheless, caution your child against these times of the day when UV exposure is actually the strongest. Also, do not forget to protect by child by letting him wear light colored clothes to deflect the sun’s rays and to provide a hat or a cap as a headgear. Long-sleeved clothes and pants come highly recommended.

Be sure to apply a generous amount of sunscreen protection all over your child’s body especially at the nape in the upper extremities, at the back of the ears and in the face. An SPF of 15 or greater is recommended and reapplication is necessary especially if your child is playing in the water. The application of the sunscreen is also crucial as it should be applied at least 20 minutes prior to the sun exposure.

However, if your child already has the sunburn, then the application of a cool compress should be done to relieve your child from the pain and the heat suffered from. In order to reduce the redness, your child can take a bath using a solution of cool water and baking soda. Instead of the solution, you can also make use of skim milk solution. Others bet on the yogurt application as the best remedy but be sure to rinse off your child.
If the sunburn are severe, then, a trip to the pediatrician is necessary to avoid possible infection.

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When Your Kids Love to Play Under The Sun: Sunburn Remedies

It cannot be denied that kids love to play under the sun. Especially during summer, there are so many activities to enjoy outdoors. However, staying on the sun for too long can cause your child to face great danger.

Sunburn can happen to anyone. Children are the ones who are highly susceptible because their skin at this time is at its most sensitive point. Sunburn happens when the skin is over exposed directly to the sun causing it to inflame and have blisters. That is why thirty minutes before sun exposure; parents should apply an ample amount of sunscreen with SPF 15 . When swimming, the child ‘skin should be protected with a sun block with SPF 30 or more. The skin burns easily when swimming at beaches or pools because they reflect the harmful rays of the sun. If possible, limit your child’s exposure to the sun from 10 am to 4pm when the sun‘s rays is very harmful.

As parents, it is our duty to protect our kids from the harmful rays of the sun without sacrificing the fun of playing outdoors. But if your child has the sunburn already, here are some of the remedies you can use when your child already has the sunburn.

  • Once you notice that your child’s skin is turning red and looks inflamed, remove your child from sun exposure at once. Prolonging the exposure could lead to more skin damage.
  •  Give your child a cool bath especially when you see signs of sunburn. This can help the skin to cool down after being exposed to too much heat.
  • If you are having a picnic outdoors and it is quite impossible to give your child a cool bath, you can use a cloth soaked in cool water. Put the cloth on the affected area and soak the cloth again once it settles on room temperature. This provides a soothing effect to the sun exposed skin.
  • Give your child something to drink. Too much exposure to the sun can cause dehydration too. It is important to replace the minerals lost from too much sun exposure.
  • Apply calamine lotion or talc powder to sun burned skin. These two helps absorb heat in the skin.
  • If the sun burn is severe, it is best to see your pediatrician at once. The child might need prescription drugs to relieve the pain and discomfort.

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Tips on Protecting Your Kid’s Eyes from the Sun

Children are generally more sensitive than adults. From the top of their heads down to the tips of their toes, all of them are sensitive. The eye of children is one of their most delicate body parts. Exposure to bright lights, chemical irritants and other harmful substances can potentially damage the eye as well as the sense of vision. Sun exposure is also one of the things that can harm the child’s eye. Sun exposure is the light radiated by the sun to the earth. This light has invisible ultraviolet rays or simply called UV rays which can cause harm. The damage UV rays create includes, skin darkening, tanning and burning. All in all there are three types of UV rays, namely UVA, UVB and UVC. Ultraviolet A can pass through the earth’s ozone layer and cause skin aging, wrinkles and melanoma formation or skin cancer.

Ultraviolet B is responsible for sun burns and cataract formation, a condition wherein there is opacity or clouding of the eye’s lens. UVBs can also weaken the immune system and contribute to skin cancer. Ultraviolet C is considered the most dangerous among the three, but luckily this ray cannot penetrate the ozone layer. Sun rays and ultraviolet concentration is not the same throughout the entire year. Summer is the season where in the sun’s ultraviolet rays are at its peak. This is also the time when sun exposure is most harmful not only to the skin but also on the eyes.

Ways in protecting children’s eyes from harmful sun exposure.

1)      The strongest rays of the day should be avoided – On a sunny day; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm is considered the hottest. During these times, children should be encouraged to stay indoors. If they want to play outside, let them stay under a shady area. When outside children must wear protective clothing like caps and sunglasses.

2)      Coverage – Covering up to avoid sun exposure must be practiced most especially by children. Wearing of caps, hats and sunglasses is not enough, putting on additional accessories like umbrellas and sun block lotions can add protection from ultraviolet rays. Some eye wear manufacturers add a special ultraviolet coating to their lenses which prevents UV ray penetration. When choosing protective eye wear for children, select the one which has UV filters in them. Letting children wear sunglasses at an early age will encourage them to continue doing this habit until they grow up.

3)      Double check medications – Some over the counter medications as well as prescription drugs increase the child’s sensitivity to the sun. This sensitivity applies in both the skin and eyes. If a child is found to be taking such medications, sun exposure must be minimized. Even the mildest ultraviolet exposure can potentially cause sun burns and cataracts.

Protecting the child and his eyes from the sun is not that difficult. Just remember as much as possible avoid sun exposure, wear coverage and be cautious about certain drugs and medications.

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