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The reason children need to be protected from the harmful effects of the sun is that a child’s skin is simply thinner the younger they are. A child’s skin only needs 10 minutes in strong sunlight to suffer potentially severe burns. Recent research has discovered that skin cancer suffered by adults can be directly linked to regular sun burn experienced as a child. It is vitally important to keep all areas of your young child’s skin protected from the sun, both with specialised sun cream for children and UV protective clothing.
- Whenever possible keep children out of direct sunlight. Protect them with natural shade such as trees, and specialised UV Tents and encourage them to wear hats, shirts and other UV protective clothing.
- Pay special attention to usually forgotten areas, such as: ears, necks, and feet
- Purchase sun cream specially designed for babies and toddlers. Adult sun cream will not be suitable and may be harmful to your child’s skin. Read the instructions of the sun cream bottle carefully, and reapply as instructed. .It is all too easy to think just because we have covered our children with sun cream on the beach that the walk back to the hotel will be fine. If in any doubt, reapply the cream!!
- Pay special attention to your child as they are playing in water. Again reapply sun cream to all unexposed areas, even if it is water resistant. Make sure your child has special UV protective sun suits for playing in and around water.
- Do not purchase novelty children’s sunglasses without checking they are compliant with the BS:EN 1836:2005 sunglasses standard. Your child’s eyes are incredibly vulnerable to bright sun light, and only specialised UV protective sun glasses should be worn