Did you know that as much as 80 percent of a person’s lifetime sun exposure occurs by age 18? In recognition of Sun Safety Week, be sure to check out these useful guidelines to lessen the risk of sun damage.
- Slop It On — Apply 30 SPF sunscreen every day. Cover all exposed skin, including hands, ears and the back of the neck. Reapply after swimming or if your child perspires excessively.
- Keep It Cool — Schedule outdoor activities before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m.
- Cover Up — Outfit your children with broad brimmed hats and protective clothing that covers the arms and legs.
- Protect Those Peepers — Choose real (not toy) sunglasses with polarized lenses for your children.
- Babies Under 6 Months — A child is never too young for sunscreen. But it’s wise to keep babies under 6 months out of direct sunlight altogether. Their thin skin can burn after just minutes in the sun.
- Higher SPF — While there are sunscreens made particularly for babies and toddlers, the most important thing to remember is that the higher the SPF and UVA stars, the better.
Summer is almost here – enjoy! For more sun safety information, please click here: http://www.choc.org/publications/articles.cfm?id=P00303&pub=KH&aid=522