IHA issue sun warning for kids

With the belated arrival of hot summer weather comes the annual warning about the dangers too much exposure to the sun can cause, especially for children.

With the belated arrival of hot summer weather comes the annual warning about the dangers too much exposure to the sun can cause, especially for children.

The Interior Health Authority says because kids spend so much time outdoors during the summer months, it is important that, no matter what their age, that they be protected from the sun’s harmful rays.

Parents are being urged to teach their children to be sun smart and to protect their children, and themselves, by taking steps to reduce the risk of developing skin cancer later in life from to much sun now.

Parents are advised to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF rating of 30 to their children’s skin at least 20 minutes before they go outside.

If the children are playing in water, it is important that the sunscreen be waterproof. Also, reapply often.

And the advice is not just for kids. Adults need to be sun smart too.

Children, especially young children, should be dressed in protective clothing and a hat when playing outside.

Babies should be kept out of direct sunlight.

And because the sun’s rays are strongest between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., it is wise to keep kids out of the sun during those hours, says the health authority.

 

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