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Sun Safety

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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We all know how dangerous sunburns are, especially for kids, right? Well, even though I'm really careful all the time, my kid is so light skinned and sensitive (my opposite, ha!) that I have accidentally let her burn a couple of times in some tricky areas despite my efforts. Here are some lessons I have learned:

1) Remember to dry and reapply. And, when you apply sunscreen to kids' faces, use the highest number you have. I like at least SPF 30. Since it's impossible to get cream right up around their eyes without getting it IN their eyes (and my kid will burn her eyelids in a flash), buy those sunscreen STICKS which are pasty and help get to tricky areas easily and thoroughly. Also try to make your kid wear glasses (mine won't, though) or a hat (that's hard for me too, but we're working on it).

2) Covering their head is key. If your kid hates hats like mine, be emphatic and try to work with them so they are less unhappy about it. I have about 5 hats for her so she can chose which one she will wear. She still takes it off a lot, but if she does that when the sun is really burning, I'll let her know that she can either come inside and miss the rest of the day outside, or she needs to cover up. It's not optional at a certain point, for her safety.

3) Wear rash guards with SPF. These are great because trust me, they really do totally protect from sunburn without cream. So save yourself a whole bunch of time and drama and get your family a few long sleeved high SPF protective rash guards, so you will stay safe from the sun while playing outside and in the water all summer long.

4) Don't forget about shade. Weather it's bringing your umbrella, a pop-up sun tent (we use both all the time) or finding shade under trees, remember to take time each day out of the sun with your little ones this summer.

5) Hydrate. Water is not just good for your health; it's good for your skin too, so keep your drinks cool and close by when it gets really hot and you'll all enjoy your summer a whole lot more.

How do you keep your kids safe from sunburns?

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by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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Madelaine
by Member on Jun. 26, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I use a lot of sunscreen and constantly put it on them.  Since we live in Arizona it is important to use sunscreen since it is so hot here most of the time.

dusky_rose
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:00 PM

We try to avoid the sun as much as possible between 10 am and 3 pm.


TheBabyFactory4
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Sunscreen. Sunglasses
sanj1213
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Lots of sunscreen and try to avoid the sun as much as possible if we're not at a pool. 

sanj1213
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Ds loves to wear hats. That helps a lot. 

Leelee1008
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

sun screen, and shade

sanj1213
by on Jun. 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

When we go to the water park we always try to get there early so we can get a spot where there's lots of shade. Usually under one of the big umbrellas. 

4kidz916
by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 9:02 AM

We use sunscreen and drink plenty of water.  

goddess99
by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM
I use sunblock and try to put us in a shady area.
mrswillie
by on Jul. 1, 2013 at 9:20 AM
Our kids are older teens now, but when we hgo to the Bahamas we make sure to take Sun Screen.
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