Keeping your children safe can be an exhausting job for parents – especially when you need to get it right! From childproofing, to the safest pram and car seat, to bath supports – we now have sun protection! With the warmer seasons just around the corner, it’s best to get prepared on the best tips, to avoid any painful consequences from the UV rays.
Whether you’re heading to the beach, having adventures in the park, or playing in your back garden, it’s SO important to think about sun protection for our little ones.
While this is not the case for adults, a young persons skin is more susceptible to UV radiation damage and can burn easily. In the first 10 years of your child’s life, sun exposure can affect their lifetime potential for Skin Cancer. Therefore, it is imperative that your take precautions to protect your family from this risk.
Clothing is the first line of defence skin cancer. Dress your child in lightweight, loose clothing by covering your arms and legs. Clothing absorbs and blocks harmful UV radiation, and remains as one of the most effective forms of protection. Sun-protective clothing is the simplest way to stay protection – unlike sunscreen, you won’t need to reapply!
Avoiding being outside between 11am-3pm, when the sun is at it’s hottest. Remember, whilst clouds block out sunlight, they do not block out UV radiation. However, when out and about, use a stroller with a sun-protector cover or a sun-shade. Try to schedule your walks outside of these hotter hours, avoiding the midday sun, and find shade where possible.
Our Outlook range offer the best protection against UV rays when on the move. From Sleep Shade’s to Sleep-pod’s, this range block up to 99% of UV rays, and all accessories universally fit onto all prams and car seats.
Once your baby is 6 months old, you can introduce sunscreen. Apply a SPF30+ water resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going out and reapply every 2 hours. Never allow your baby to get sun burnt – within infants, sunburns can be a medical emergency. As your little one spends more time outside, sunscreen will protect more exposed areas of skin such as their hands and face.
Before you go on your adventure in the heat, it is imperative that your little one is dressed accordingly. Not only do hats look cute, but they are also super protective for the face, head, neck and ears. Close fitted sunglasses, with a wrap around style are also essential! The sooner they start wearing protection accessories, the sooner they will get adjust to wear them frequently.
While travelling in a car, try a removable mesh window shield to block any sunlight beaming onto your little one.
Fitting 99% of rectangular framed cars, the Outlook Auto-Shade blocks 99% of UV rays, offering no obstruction and maximum protection.