Sun Smart Children

Outdoor play🏃‍♀️🏃🏃‍♂️ is a favourite past-time for most young children and an important part of their development, but parents need to be aware of the damage that too much sun☀️ exposure can cause. Experts advise that just one bad, blistering sunburn during childhood can double the risk of skin cancer later in life!
Sun☀️ protection should begin in infancy 👶and continue throughout life. While you are following the steps to keep your child ‘sun-safe’😎, explain why this is necessary and encourage their participation.

SLIP – slip on a shirt with long sleeves to protect your skin from the sun☀️. Fabrics with a tighter weave and darker colours will give you better protection from the sun. Slip into the shade of an umbrella⛱ or a leafy tree🌳. Plan your outdoor activities for early or later in the day when the sun’s UV levels are lower.
SLOP – Slop on plenty of broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen 🧴of at least SPF 30. Apply 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours and especially after being in water🤽 or sweating.
SLAP – Slap on a wide-brimmed hat👒 to keep the sun off your face, ears👂 and neck. More people are sunburnt on the face and neck than any other part of the body.
WRAP – Choose close-fitting, wrap-around style sunglasses🕶. Not all sunglasses protect against UV radiation, so always check the label for the sun protection rating.

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