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How to Supercharge Your Kids’ Sun Protection

Child in Superhero Cape on Father's Shoulders

Summertime is definitely FUNNER-TIME for kids! No school and L-O-N-G days at the beach or just playing outside make this every kid’s favorite time of year.

To protect your young ones from the dangers of UV radiation, you’ve got to show them the proper way to keep their skin healthy. 

Understanding the Risk

UV radiation can be a villain for your kids' skin health. Too much sun exposure can lead to nasty sunburns, which can increase the risk of skin cancer later in life. 

Kids have delicate skin that needs extra TLC under the sun!

So take proactive steps to protect their skin while they're out conquering the world, one piece of playground equipment at a time!

Here are SEVEN super-cool tips and tricks to keep them safe: 

  1. Keep Babies Under 6 Months Out of Direct Sunlight. Our little superheroes under six months have super-sensitive skin. They're not quite ready to face the sun head-on, so let's keep them in the shade and dress them in light, breathable clothing that covers their cute little arms, legs, and neck. Don't forget to create a shady hideout with stroller shades or umbrellas!
  2. Seek Shade. When our kiddos are rocking their adventures outdoors, encourage them to find shade whenever possible. Shade protects them from those harmful UV rays. Plan outdoor activities in places with lots of shade, like parks with covered picnic areas or under the trees.
  3. Dress Kids in "Sun-Defender" Gear. Dress your kids in lightweight, tightly woven clothing that covers as much skin as possible. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and wide-brimmed hats will keep them looking awesome while giving them the ultimate shield against the sun's rays. Look for clothing with built-in sun protection or add laundry additives to superhero-ify regular clothes.
  4. Rock Some Super Shades. Your kids will look extra cool and their peepers will be protected at the same time. Make sure the sunglasses have UV protection to shield their eyes from the sun's rays. Choose shades that block both UVA and UVB rays and make sure they fit snugly.
  5. Time Outdoor Activities Well. When planning their outdoor playtime, schedule activities in the early morning or late afternoon. That's when the sun's rays are weaker … avoid those peak hours from 10 am to 4 pm when the sun is at its strongest!
  6. Teach them Sunscreen is the Ultimate Superpower. Every single day, make it a habit to slather on the sunscreen. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and make sure to apply it all over their exposed skin – face, neck, arms, and legs. Reapply every two hours, or more if your kids are sweating or swimming.
  7. Lead by Example. Show your kids how to be sun-savvy by being a shining example. Put on your sunscreen, wear your stylish hat, and rock those shades. When they see you practicing sun protection, they'll want to join the league of sun-safe superheroes too!

Build a LIFETIME of Sun-Savvy Habits

Remember, these are lifelong habits you’re building, not just a summertime thing. By making these sun-safe practices a part of your daily routine, you’re equipping your child with the tools they need to keep their skin healthy and happy for their entire life.

If you want to know more about how to protect your kids from the sun or have a concern about their skin, call the office at (757) 461-1033 to schedule and appointment. We see patients of all ages and skin types ... one practice for your whole family!

Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater, located in Norfolk, Virginia, provides comprehensive personalized dermatologic care to patients of all skin types, conditions, and ages. Medical director Jonathan Schreiber, MD, PhD and the entire professional medical team at Integrated Dermatology of Tidewater approach dermatologic exams from the medical root of an issue, and similarly, cosmetic issues from the science of a treatment, using science-based support and results with the treatment services offered to patients.

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