Many schools across the country will be letting out for Spring Break soon. Here are some great sun safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
- Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. It is okay to apply a small amount of sunscreen on infants under 6 months if there is no way to avoid the sun.
- For kids, choose sunscreen that is made for children, preferably waterproof.
- Look for the words “broad-spectrum” on the label – it means that the sunscreen will screen out both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.
- Before covering your child, test the sunscreen on your child’s back for an allergic reaction. If a rash develops, talk with your pediatrician.
- Put on sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors – it needs time to work on the skin.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours.
Having Fun in the Sun
- The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to keep out of the sun during those hours.
- The sun’s damaging UV rays can bounce back from sand, snow or concrete; so be particularly careful of these areas.
- Most of the sun’s rays can come through the clouds on an overcast day; so use sun protection even on cloudy days.
- While outside, drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Stay within the designated swimming area at the beach and ideally within the visibility of a lifeguard.
- Never swim alone.
- Be aware of rip currents. If you should get caught in a current, don’t try to swim against it. Swim parallel to shore until clear of the current.
What to Wear
- Babies should be dressed in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs and in brimmed hats. Check out some super soft light weight long sleeve t-shirts, pants and bucket hats from RockBottomT-Shirts.com, perfect for keeping your baby cool and covered.
- For kids, the AAP recommends clothes made of tightly woven fabrics. Cotton clothing is a good choice because it’s both cool and protective. RockBottomT-Shirts.com has a large selection of Toddler, Boys and Girls T-Shirts made from 100% cotton and perfect for the warm weather.
Visit the American Academy of Pediatrics for more great Spring Break tips.
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