The July heat is here! Your child is probably spending a lot of time outside these days, whether they’re enjoying our summer camp experience, playing in the backyard, or running around at the park. No matter what your plans are, sun protection is a must, and YOU are their best line of defense.
Without even realizing it, children can quickly become susceptible to heat exhaustion or intense sunburn without proper preventative action. Set them up for success by making sure they’re drinking plenty of water, wearing protective clothing, and repeatedly applying sunscreen.
Knowing the signs of serious trouble is important too. Keep these quick tips handy so you can focus on making fun summer memories—safely!
When is the best time to apply sunscreen?
- The best rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. If swimming, reapply every time your child towels off.
- Keep your sunscreen chilled in a cooler or wrapped in a towel when outdoors.
- Apply a generous layer to every part of your child’s body.
- Give extra attention to your child’s neck, nose, ears, feet, and shoulders.
What else can I do to protect my child’s skin?
- Sunglasses – Look for a pair of glasses that can protect from UV rays. Remember, toy sunglasses may seem cute, but they often lack the added layer of protection.
- Hats – These are a MUST to protect your child from sun exposure. We recommend a hat that also covers the neck and is wide enough to shade the face.
- Clothing – Dress your little one in lightweight, cool, and comfortable clothing in light colors.
How can I prevent heatstroke?
- Look for signs of heat exhaustion. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, fainting, cramping, and lack of sweat. If severe, get emergency help immediately.
- Keep your child in the shade.
- Limit outdoor play on hot days.
- Water is the best choice for hydrating. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Avoid sodas, sports drinks, and sugary juices.
- Dress your child in loose-fitting clothes.
- Encourage plenty of breaks indoors with healthy snacks and cold beverages.
How can I prevent sunburn?
- Take a break from the sun. UV rays are strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- When outside, try to find kid-friendly activities that offer shaded areas. Look for a park with lots of trees, try an indoor water park, or have a picnic under a pavilion.
- Choose water-resistant sunscreen to help your child stay protected while sweating or swimming.
We hope these safety tips help to prevent sun exposure and ensure safe outdoor play all summer long!