By their very nature, children just love to play outside. They love to run around at the beach, plays with their friends, and just sit outside and stare up at the clouds. As they are enjoying themselves outdoors, most children give very little concern to sun exposure. That is why parents must make sure that their children are protected from the sun.
Just like adults, different children have different skin sensitivity to the sun. Some children can go outside and be in the sun all day and barely get a tan. Others cannot go outside for five minutes without wearing sunscreen in bulk. Parents must understand how their child’s skin reacts to the sun and protect them accordingly.
This is exceptionally important because when a child is exposed to the sun and has just a few serious sunburns as a child, they drastically increase the chances that they will have cancer as an adult. Ultraviolet rays are especially damaging to the skin of children.
Some things that parents can do to protect their children include encouraging them to play in the shade or not to play outside during the midday when the sun’s UV rays are the strongest and can cause the most harm. Midday is a good time for children to play indoors, or if play indoors is not possible, it is a good time for children to play in the shade. Parents could set up a tent or umbrella and these can serve as a place where children can play and prevent sunburn. They should not be a placed where children go to to get relief after the sunburn has already happened.
Parents should encourage children to cover up when they are playing outdoors. This includes wearing long sleeves, long pants, and long skirts. Darker colors are better than lighter colors. Wet clothing is worse than dry clothing. Parents may want to search for clothing that has received international certification for protecting against ultraviolet rays.
Parents should equip their children with protective devices like sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen. A large brim hat will protect a child’s face, their ears and their neck. Sunglasses will protect their eyes, which will minimize the chances of developing cataracts later. Sunscreen that is at least SPF 15 provides overall protection.
Children enjoy playing outdoors. It’s part of the growing process. Parents can do their part to see to it that this is done with minimal damage by protecting their children from the sun.