Whether you are taking your child to a child care centre in Perth or whether they are staying at home, it is paramount to make sure they are protected from the sun when they go outside. It is important that children are outside in the sun because they get exercise and Vitamin D. Usually, ten to fifteen minutes is enough. However, too much exposure to UV rays can put your child at risk for sunburn now and skin cancer later in life. Here are some precautions you can take.
Avoid Excessive Exposure
Avoid excessive sun exposure. Remember that the hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm are when UV radiation is the strongest.
Use a sunscreen with a rating of SPF 30 or higher on any part of the body that isn’t fully covered by clothes. This includes the face, hands and neck. The optimal application is twenty minutes before going outside and then every two hours thereafter.
Cover up as much skin as possible with tightly woven fabric such as a t-shirt. Make sure not to use fabric or clothing that will overheat your child, though. The best way to gauge fabric is to hold it up to the sun. If any light gets through, you know that UV rays are also passing through the fabric.
Staying in the shade doesn’t work by itself because your child is still exposed to reflected rays, but it is a way to lessen exposure. If you have a very young child in a pram, use a shade top to help protect your baby.
If there is no shade, an umbrella makes an effective substitute.
A hat will also help protect your child’s head, face, neck and ears from UV rays. Use a hat with a full brim for maximum protection.
Cuddles Childcare Centres
Contact one of our three Perth locations to learn more or to arrange for child care. +61 (08) 9419 1844 for Bertram; +61 (08) 9472 4702 for Carlisle; and +61 (08) 9358 4673 for St James.