How to protect children from the sun?

How to protect children from the sun?

Solar protection during childhood is a way to prevent skin cancer as adults. Even if the day is cool and cloudy we must always use sunscreen lotion. Ultraviolet (UV) rays and not temperature are the ones that cause harm. Clouds do not block UV rays but filter them.

Kids -especially babies- are very sensitive to high temperatures, just like the elderly.

  • Keep babies fresh, in the shade and dressed with white and very light clothes.
  • Frequently offer babies some liquids to drink (breastfeed or fresh water according to their age).

Always keep in mind that fresh air does not circulate inside the stroller so it would be better to hold babies in arms or lay them on a tarp.

How can you protect yourself from the sun?

We should take safety measures from the sun all year long, especially during midday (from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) when UV rays are stronger and cause more damage.

  • Stay in the shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Protect exposed skin with clothes.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat to cover your face, head, ears and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that cover up your face and that, if possible, block 100% UVA y UVB rays.
  • Wear sunscreen with 15 solar protection factor (SPF) or higher UVA/UVB protected.

Let´s enjoy being outdoors safely!

Alberto Andrés Cotton MD F.A.A.P.
Pediatrician

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