Summer holidays: sun risks for children, what needs to be done to better protect them?

That summer holidays is synonymous with sun, heat and fun, but that’s it season when children are most exposed to the dangers of the sun. Sunburn, burns and heat stroke are common among babies. To better protect them, it is important to regularly apply sunscreen adapted to their skin, to make them wear hats and light clothing, and to limit their exposure to the sun between 6 p.m. 11.00 and 16.00.

Summer vacation: a season exposed to the dangers of the sun

With the arrival of the sun and the good weather, children will want to spend time outdoors. However, it is important to protect them from the sun, as UV rays can be harmful to health. It is therefore important to take some precautions to better protect them.

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Limit exposure to the hottest hours

It is necessary limit exposure to the hottest hours and the sunniest, the sun is most intense between kl. 11.00 and 16.00. It is recommended to stay in the shade during these hours. In addition, you should avoid exposing yourself to the sun directly, by putting on a hat or putting a cloth on your head.

Rehydrates well in summer

It is necessary to rehydrate, the heat can quickly dry out the body, especially if you sweat a lot. Drink water regularly throughout the day to avoid dehydration.

Use child-friendly sunscreen

You must use child-friendly sunscreen. Conventional sunscreens are not always suitable for children’s fragile skin. There are sunscreens specially designed for babies and toddlers, which provide better UV protection.

Sunburn, burns and sunburn: common dangers in children

Sunburn is the consequence of too long or too intense exposure to the sun. They are manifested by redness and a feeling of warmth in the skin. Sunburn can be painful and cause blisters. In children, they can cause fever and vomiting.

Burns are caused by contact with a heat source such as fire or iron. They are manifested by redness, a feeling of warmth and intense pain. Severe burns can lead to blisters, bleeding and even infection.

Sunburn occurs when the body cannot dissipate the heat it produces. They are manifested by symptoms such as profuse sweating, intense thirst, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and even coma. Heat stroke is especially dangerous for children because it can lead to cardiac arrest.

To protect children from the sun, it is important to apply sunscreen with a high protection factor (SPF 50 or more) regularly.

Sunscreen: an essential element of protection

For children, protection from the sun’s rays is essential. Babies and young children are particularly susceptible to sunburn because their skin is thinner and more fragile than that of adults. In addition, they tend to spend a lot of time outdoors, which increases the risk of sun exposure.

children's sun protection
children’s sun protection

The best way to protect children from the sun is to regularly apply sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF). It is important to choose a sunscreen specifically designed for children as it will be less irritating to their sensitive skin. Avoid products that contain harmful ingredients such as oxybenzones and parabens.

Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed parts of the body, including the face, hands and feet. Then reapply every 2 hours or after sweating or swimming.

Hat and light clothing: activate against the sun

One of the best ways to protect yourself from the sun is to wear a hat or cap. This reduces the exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which is responsible for sunburn and burns. Children should wear a hat when outdoors.

Light clothing is very effective in protecting you from the sun. Fabrics such as cotton or linen allow air to pass through and allow the skin to breathe, greatly reducing the risk of sunburn. Children can wear loose, light clothing if the temperature is high.

Limitation of sun exposure: the best protection

Sun exposure is one of the major risk factors for skin cancer. Children are particularly vulnerable because their skin is thinner and more sensitive than that of adults. It is therefore important to protect them from the sun to reduce their risk of skin cancer.

The sun risks children
The sun risks children

There are several ways to limit sun exposure:

  • Avoid exposure at times when the sun is strongest, ie between 10.00 and 16.00. If you must be in the sun during these times, try to do it in the shade, such as walking in a park or under trees.
  • Wear clothes that cover your body, such as long pants, long sleeves and a hat. Thick fabrics provide better protection than thin fabrics. Choose cotton clothing over polyester because it absorbs sweat better and leaves less space between the fibers so ultraviolet radiation can pass.
  • Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply sunscreen liberally on all exposed parts of the body 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Remember to reapply every 2 hours or after swimming or heavy sweating. Sunscreens should be used even if you are in the shade or wearing clothes as they do not block all UV rays.

Children should be protected from the sun to reduce their risk of skin cancer. There are several ways to limit sun exposure, such as avoiding exposure at times when the sun is strongest, wearing clothing that covers your body, and using sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 30.

By following these few simple tips, you can safely enjoy the sun and your summer vacation!

In summary, to protect children from the sun, apply sunscreen with a high protection factor, dress them in light clothing and make them drink plenty of water.

Have a good holiday in the sun 🙂

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