Just one sunburn in your child’s life can drastically increase their chances of getting cancer. Skin cancer can be a deadly disease that can destroy the quality of life, appearance, and also take the life of the sufferer. It’s also something that you can work toward protecting your child from if you understand the true severity of allowing your child to get a sunburn, even once, during their childhood.
Always Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen is something that is very important to use and take seriously. Read the labels and use the right sunscreen for your child’s age group, and apply exactly as directed to ensure that it works as the package states. In addition, remember to reapply as often as the package states and after your child swims or sweats a lot of it off. This will ensure that your child’s skin is always covered with the sunscreen so that they won’t sunburn.
Put Them in Sun Protective Clothing
Today, you can purchase special clothing that is designed to protect against sun damage. Shirts, pants and more exist that act as a sunscreen. But, what that also means is that some clothing doesn’t provide protection against sunburn, so ensure that you buy the right type of clothing that offers protection or apply sun screen before they get dressed.
Seek Out Shade
No one should stay in direct sunlight all day long, no matter how much fun they are having. During the day, seek out shade when you can find it so that your child has a break from the direct sunlight and will be less likely to burn. You can still get burned in the shade but it will take longer for it to happen.
Put Them in Hats
A great way to provide shade on an individual basis is to put the child in various hats. Hats can offer some shade, keep the head cool, and help avoid sunburn around the face area. Children usually like wearing hats at certain ages but not at others. If you buy them a hat that they really like, they’ll be more likely to wear it and like wearing it.
Use Flowing and Covering Clothing
Even if you don’t have specific sun protective clothing, just wearing loose and flowing clothing can offer a lot of protection against the sun’s rays. Put your child in clothes that cover as much skin as possible without making them too hot offers a lot of protection.
Have Them Wear Sunglasses
It might be a hard task to do, but even your infants should wear sun protective sunglasses during the summertime and any time that the sun is bright. This will protect their eyes from damaging sun rays, and protect your child’s vision.
It’s very important to protect your child from the sun as much as you can. The younger the child, the more susceptible they are to the sun’s damaging rays. It’s imperative that you do what you can to protect your child from them so that they can live a long healthy life without suffering from skin cancers caused by the sun.