We all want to show our children the very best of Australia’s natural beauty, but that often means venturing out into some very hot weather. If you’re looking to help keep your baby safe in the sun, read on and ensure you’re properly equipped for your next trip to the beach with help from Pop Noggins.
Pick your moments
While there’s a galaxy of sun protection options for little ones, experts say parents should focus on keeping their kids out of the sun in the first place. Keeping children safe in the sun isn’t just about ensuring you’re kitted up the right way – it’s about knowing when it’s simply too dangerous for you to head out. If it’s a 40 degree day and there’s not a cloud in the sky, it’s probably not the best time for a trip down to the open-air farmers market with baby.
Even the thickest coating of ultra-high SPF sunscreen and the shadiest hat is potentially not enough at the height of summer. What’s more, think about how cranky and irritable your baby will be on a day that hot – for your own sanity and baby’s health, save their first trip to the beach or the outdoor market for a more temperate day.
The right tools
As easy as some people burn, babies burn a lot easier. Keeping them safe from the sun takes a lot more forethought and care than it does to protect you from the sun. A baby’s skin is very delicate in its first year, so ensuring that they’re even better protected than you are is absolutely essential.
Every adult in Australia understands the importance of slip, slop, slap, and it’s a good start for your little one. Ensure they’re fully covered by slipping on a shirt, protect their exposed areas by slopping on the sunscreen, and slap on a brimmed hat. Look for a sunscreen with SPF 50 or more – this strength blocks up to 98 per cent of ultraviolet radiation, helping to better protect your little one. While there is disagreement between experts on the suitability of using sunscreen on young children, many dermatologists and the Cancer Council argue that sunscreen can safely be occasionally used on small areas of the skin, so consider it safe to use on those rare occasions when you step outside in the heat.
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