Children’s skin is more sensitive to the sun’s rays than the adults. Their skin is thinner and does not have as much pigment as adults, and therefore becomes more easily burned by the sun. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on how much sun the child is exposed to.
Many of us wants to enjoy the sun in the summers. The sun gives us warmth and vitamin D and also helps us regulate our daily rhythm. Even the kids feel good about the sunshine, but be careful! Protect them from the sun in the middle of the day and use sun screen to make sure they do not burn.
Advice for children up to one year
The smallest children are most sensitive to the sun’s rays. Protect the kids even shady days!
- Dress the child in full-bodied clothes and sun hat.
- Keep the child in shade or indoors when the sun is strongest, between 11 and 15 o’clock.
- Use sunscreen with sunscreen factor 30 or higher for children older than six months. They are often more flexible and harder to keep completely in shadow. Lubricate their hands and those parts of the skin that can not be protected with clothing.
Advice for older children
Even the older children need to be protected. Also, note that water, sand and snow reflect sunlight and increase the effect of radiation.
- Use primarily clothing and sun hat as sun protection.
- Use sunscreen for those parts of the body that are not covered by clothing.
- Avoid being in direct sunlight between 11am and 15pm, as the sun is strongest.