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Sunburn Summers: How to Protect Your Child from the Sun

Kids love to play outside during the hot days of summer. To keep your child protected from the sun, there are certain precautions that you should be taking so that the harsh UV rays don’t burn their skin. Here are some of the best ways to keep your child protected from the sun.

Apply Sunscreen

Your son or daughter should always be wearing sunscreen on all sun-exposed areas of the skin while playing outdoors. You can either apply the sunscreen or show them how to do it properly on their own. According to the CDC, the sunscreen should have at least an SPF 15 protection level along with broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. It’s best to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out into the sun.

Buy Sun Protective Clothing

Certain types of clothing are specifically made to shield skin from the sun more effectively than many standard apparel pieces. Many sun protective clothing options have been designed to cover parts of the body that are sometimes neglected and left vulnerable to sun exposure. There are even hats with wide brims for sale that shield the face better and also protect the neck.

Don’t Forget the Feet

The feet can also get sunburned when the skin isn’t covered. Wearing sandals, flip-flops or no shoes at all can leave the feet exposed to the sun’s potentially harmful rays. If your kid is planning to go barefoot or wear shoes that don’t cover the whole foot, it’s best to apply some sunscreen on the feet. Wearing just socks can also help.

Take Additional Precautions While Swimming

UV rays can go through the water and burn your child’s skin while swimming. Wearing waterproof sunscreen can safeguard your child even while wet. There are also shirts and other types of swimwear that can keep the skin covered while swimming. If your child does end up getting sunburned, you can always visit a medical center like Premier Urgent Care Centers of California, Inc. for care.

Check Medications for Sun Sensitivity

If your little one needs to take any medications, you should check to see if these medicines will make their skin more susceptible to the sun. Certain antibiotics and antihistamines feature warnings on their labels about sun sensitivity. Retinoid medicines for acne treatment can also make your child more susceptible to adverse skin reactions from the sun.

Your child is likely eager to play in the summer sun and isn’t as concerned about sun exposure as you. By taking the right precautions as a parent, you’ll have a better chance of keeping your kid safe from dangers of the sun.

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