Tips for Staying Safe in the Sun
Whether you're heading to the beach, playing in the park or out in your own backyard, it's really important to think about sun protection for little ones. Follow our tips on sun safety for kids and make sure everyone enjoys the sunshine safely when you're out and about.
How to keep kids safe in the sun
1. Stay in the shade when possible
It's a good idea to keep children in the shade in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest - try and get into the habit of heading indoors between 11am and 3pm, or use a parasol or a play tent to provide some shade.
2. Use a good suncream
Make sure your little one wears sunscreen that covers any exposed skin - use plenty, and don't forget their shoulders, the back of their neck, the tops of their ears, nose and cheeks and the tops of their feet. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15, and at least 4 stars for UVA protection.
3. Keep topping up the suncream
Try and put sun cream on your child at least half an hour before heading out to play - remember that you'll need to put more on throughout the day, especially if they've been swimming or paddling.
4. Always pack a sunhat
It's a good idea for children to wear a floppy sunhat that protects their face and neck whenever they're out in the sun. Wearing a hat yourself can really encourage your reluctant toddler to follow suit - and hats with chinstraps can be very useful if your child likes removing their hat!
5. Drink lots of water
Give little ones access to water throughout the day, especially in warm weather. Encourage them to drink regularly - particularly when they've been running around.