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Month: February 2016

Practicing Sun Safety – A Parent’s Guide To Sunburn-Free Beach Vacation


When the school year is over and summer season is about to begin, the kids are very excited for a beach vacation with their families. Spending days on the beach brings a lot of fun and pleasure for the whole family. The sheer amount of activities that everybody can engage in at the beach makes it a perfect destination to relax, have fun, and enjoy.

But when the sun is up and extreme heat starts to hit the ground, it can be worrying for the little ones. Too much heat from the sun can ruin all the fun because of sunburn that will leave them feeling very irritated and uncomfortable. This is the effect of being directly exposed to UV radiation which is harmful on the skin and the long-term effects may even cause serious health problems.

As a parent, it’s important to keep your child protected from the sun and other harmful elements at all times. Help them enjoy the nice weather and activities at the beach by practicing these sun safety tips.

Use Sunscreen

use sunscreenUse sunblock lotion for kids with SPF 30 or higher. Apply sunscreen beforehand and teach your child to apply every 30 minutes before getting into the water since it wears off easily as they swim and sweat. The Mayo Clinic recommends applying sunscreen liberally to ensure you have ample sun protection. With sunscreen, your kids are protected from harmful rays, skin cancer, skin discolorations and blotchiness.

Use Proper Clothing

Clothing is a basic necessity and definitely one of the best ways to protect your child from extreme sun heat. There are plenty of appropriate swimsuits and accessories for the kids, but not all of them are created equal. You may opt for swimwear like solid thermal suits, rash guards and rash tees from quality brands. Try to cover as much skin with quality and Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) protected fabric.

Wear a Hat

Wearing a hat at the beach helps protect the hair, face and neck from the harmful UV rays. When out of the water, have your kids wear a 3-inch brim all around hat or a sun visor to protect their eyes, ears, nose, scalp, forehead and scalp particularly when they walk or play on the sand. The intensity of the sun changes over the course of time. So make sure to choose a sun hat with brim size that will suit both sunrise and sunset settings. Most importantly, select a hat that suits your child’s needs and is comfortable to wear.

drink water

Drink Water From Time To Time

You may not know it but our body becomes easily dehydrated while swimming. Even under the water, your body is still sweating and it can only take a few minutes to become dehydrated. Dehydration for children can be prevented by drinking water before, during and after they swim. So make sure that before they jump in or hit the water, they are drinking enough fluids to avoid bad effects of dehydration. These effects include cramping, headaches, and dizziness. Depending on their age, kids should drink more than 6 ounces of fluid every 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Remember to Protect Children

Children get sunburned when they are leaved unprotected under the sun for a very long period of time. Protect your child from sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays by practicing sun safety tips as mentioned above. Most importantly, plan ahead of time and always keep all the sun protection essentials handy.