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SUMMER SAFETY

Do you and your children enjoy the summer weather? We all know the importance of protecting our skin from the sun, but do we remember the most effective ways?

 According to the CDC the following methods of protection will help keep your child free of the perils of sun exposure.

 
·        Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened.

·        Cover up. When possible, long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts can provide protection from UV rays. Clothes made from tightly woven fabric offer the best protection. A wet T-shirt offers much less UV protection than a dry one, and darker colors may offer more protection than lighter colors. Some clothing certified under international standards comes with information on its ultraviolet protection factor.

·        Get a hat. Hats that shade the face, scalp, ears, and neck are easy to use and give great protection. Baseball caps are popular among kids, but they don’t protect their ears and neck. If your child chooses a cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.

·        Wear sunglasses. They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life. Look for sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.

·        Apply sunscreen. Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB protection every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 15 -30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops and bottoms of feet.


·        It is best to use an ounce of lotion to cover the skin evenly

·        Even if waterproof, reapply after swimming

·        If not going in the water, please reapply every 2 hours

·        Even though lotion is preferred, applying spray sunscreen should cover the skin with an even coating.