How to keep your baby cool in the sun

Make sure your children are safe during the daytime heatwave and comfortable at night

In Depth

Monday, June 19, 2017 – 12:12pm

Keeping babies and young children safe and comfortable when the mercury rises is a problem for many parents.

Excessive exposure to the sun can cause short-term misery in the form of painful sunburn, heat-induced lethargy and overheated tantrums, but it can also increase a child’s risk of developing skin cancer in the future.

Babies under six months old are at even more risk – their levels of melanin, the pigment which gives the skin protection from UV rays, are still developing, meaning their skin burns very easily. Experts say they should be kept out of direct exposure to sunlight whenever possible.

Even past the age of six months, children should be kept out of the sun between 11am and 3pm, when it is at its strongest.

Young children should also use higher levels of sunscreen to protect their sensitive skin. NHS England recommends adults and children use sunscreen of at least factor 15, but higher factor creams will offer even more protection. Specialist sunscreens aimed at babies and young children go up as high as factor 50.

Parents should also regularly reapply their children’s sunscreen throughout the day when outside, especially if they’ve been in water, such as swimming in the sea or playing in a paddling pool.

Also, experts say to use sunscreen even on overcast summer days. According to the US-based Skin Cancer Foundation, up to 80 per cent of UV rays can pass through clouds.

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Source:: The Week – All news

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