This seems like such a simple idea, but many parents forget to protect their children’s skin when they are outside playing. I had a friend at the 4th of July parade that didn’t bring sunblock or a hat for her child, and he had fair skin. Sun can not only damage their skin, but the sun can dehydrate a child and make them sick. There are some simple ways to protect your child from the sun.
Product packaging has changes a lot in the last few years. You can now buy a bottle of sunblock that sprays directly onto the skin. You simply spray and rub. It makes less of a mess and is quick and easy to use. Whatever skin block you use, make sure to reapply if your child gets wet. If you know your child will be outside during the day, you can help put on sunblock as they get dressed. They even have lotions that contain sunblock now.
Don’t forget their eyes. Little kids can wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun. A hat will do the job also. Sun can reflect off of shiny surfaces and glare back at them. Keep their eyes protected.
When the sun hides behind the clouds, don’t think that your child will be okay in the sun without protection. If the cloud cover is thin, the harmful rays will still get through and can burn your child. Also, we tend to forget skin protection in the winter. If it’s a sunny day with snow on the ground, the sun’s rays will bounce off the snow and can burn your child’s face.
Skin protection is such an easy step to take now to help protect your child. Give them the extra protection that their skin needs.