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Stay safe in the sun with HarVey
Post date: 10 Jul 2015

Stay safe in the sun with HarVey!Stay safe in the sun with HarVey

As we approach what looks like another hot and sunny weekend, Harvey the MCH health visiting bear, has some top tips for keeping your children safe in the sun.

HarVey says exposing your child to too much sun may increase their risk of skin cancer later in life. Sunburn can also cause considerable pain and discomfort in the short term.

Tips to protect your children from sunburn

  • Encourage your children to play in the shade–for example, under trees–especially between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Keep babies under the age of six months out of direct sunlight, especially around midday. Cover exposed parts of your children's skin with sunscreen, even on cloudy or overcast days. Use one that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or above and is effective against UVA and UVB. Don't forget to apply it to their shoulders, nose, ears, cheeks and the tops of theirfeet. Reapply often throughout the day.
  • Be especially careful to protect your children's shoulders and the back of their neck when they're playing, as these are the most common areas for sunburn.
  • Cover your children up in loose, baggy cotton clothes, such as an oversized T-shirt with sleeves.
  • Get your children to wear floppy hats with wide brims that shade their faces and necks.
  • Protect your children's eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard (BSEN 1836:2005) and carry the "CE" mark (check the label or ask the manufacturer).
  • If your children are swimming, use a waterproof sunblock of factor 15 or above. Reapply after towelling.
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