Staying Safe in the Sun
Posted by Jamie on Friday, July 31, 2009
Vanicream Sunscreen
In the most recent issue of Coping with Allergies & Asthma, there is a great guide for parents who want to protect their kids from harmful sun damage this summer. Just a few serious burns can make kids more susceptible to skin cancer later in life. According to the magazine article, here are five ways to protect your child’s skin from the sun:

1. The sun is the strongest during the middle of the day. During those hours outside, grab some shade. On the beach this summer, my family used a small two person pop-up tent to provide some relief from the sun’s rays.

2. Cover up your skin. Any clothes that cover up the skin are helpful in preventing sun burn. Longer shorts and loose fitting t-shirts are recommended.

3. When you are outside, wear a hat. For young children, wearing a hat is a must in the summer sun. Hats can be fun, but if your child wants a baseball cap, you have to put sunscreen on the exposed ears and neck.

4. Be cool wear sunglasses. A great pair of shades that protect against UV rays is a must in the summer time.

5. You absolutely have to wear sunscreen during the summer. If you are on vacation at the beach, sunscreen is the most important part of UV protection. Sunscreen is the first line of defense. After applying sunscreen, make sure to use some of the other four steps in combination to prevent a sun burn. Apply sunscreen liberally and at the beginning of your sun exposure. Do not wait until your skin is exposed for any length of time and then try to apply the sunscreen. Your skin is probably already starting to turn pink.

If you follow this guide and combine these steps, you and your child can have a safe vacation and a happy summer playing in the sun.

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