5 Ways To Keep Your Baby Safe In The Sun
It’s that time of year again! That glorious time when we start to see the sun peek through the clouds here in Ireland. Hopefully, this year we will see a nice bit of it, but regardless we always need to think about sun protection. If you’re planning a sun holiday this year (lucky you, can we come?!), well then these tips will be super important, as you need to be extra careful with babies in very high temperatures.
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While feeling the sun beaming down on us may be absolutely lovely, prolonged sun exposure increases the risk of skin cancer. Children who get sunburned in childhood or adolescence are at an increased risk of melanoma (the most serious form of skin cancer) in later life. There are several precautions you can take now to protect your little ones in the future.
5 Ways To Keep Your Baby Safe In The Sun:
1. Throw Some Shade
If there’s a time to be shady, the time is now. Babies up to 6 months should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Their skin is way too delicate. Keep them in the shade as much as possible, and while out and about, cover their arms and legs with clothing – light cotton and linen are ideal in hot temperatures. Consider buying a parasol for your buggy too for extra protection.
2. Hydration Station
When temperatures are soaring, your little one needs to be kept hydrated. Young babies are not fully able to regulate their own body temperature, so keeping them cool and hydrated is crucial. Whatever your baby normally drinks (breastmilk, water, juices – depending on age), make sure they have plenty of it. A quick spritz of water from a spray bottle can keep everyone feeling refreshed, and soothe the skin. If your little baby is 6 months plus, sucking or chomping down on some cooled melon or strawberries will also help them keep cool and hydrated.
3. Protection Is Key
For babies younger than 6 months, suncream is not recommended as their skin is too delicate. Revert back to point 1 (shade) to keep little babies safe. But from 6 months, you should certainly be covering your little one in a high SPF suncream. Choose one that is fragrance and paraben free, as a scented product might irritate their skin. A high SPF is also crucial. The recommendation is a minimum of SPF 30, but the higher the better; preferably over 50+, and makes sure it is reapplied every few hours, and after swimming.
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4. Beware Of The Clouds
Up to 90% of UV rays can pass through light cloud. So even if you think, ‘oh, it doesn’t look too warm out’, those harmful rays will still get through. You can check the UV index online to see how strong the rays are. The UV Index tells us the level of UV radiation that is expected at the earth’s surface. It is a scale that runs from zero upwards. If the UV Index is 3 or more, it is important to ensure your little ones are well protected.
5. Enjoy It
We don't get much of it, so enjoy it while you can! It's super important to catch a bit of sun from time to time. It helps us with our Vitamin D absorption, boosts our mood and just makes us feel happy and healthy! Just remember to keep all of the above in mind when you have little ones to look out for.
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Do you have any sunny summer holidays planned? We'd love to hear.