It’s finally that time of year again. Although it feels like it’s been a long time coming as we’ve navigated what feels like an eternity of cold. Finally, we get to enjoy some warmer weather.
Warmer weather comes with some dangers, too, especially for your little ones. Babies aren’t good at controlling their body temperature. And they can’t slather on the sun cream when the sun’s rays get too hot. That’s why you’re there.
These tips will help you keep your little ones safe in the sun so you can enjoy every bit of it. They’re great bits of advice for adults too, so take note!
The best way to protect your little one from harmful sun rays is to keep them out of it. If you’re out and about, invest in a quality stroller parasol. It’s best to go for ones that have UV protection, so you know your baby is fully protected.
But be aware; even shade doesn’t offer complete sun protection. Remember to follow all the steps when it comes to getting the fullest protection. UV rays from the sun are at their strongest between 10 am and 4 pm. So try to limit your bundle of joys exposure during these times.
Keep your little one cool with some sun-protecting accessories. Get some sunglasses that have 100% UV protection. They’ll protect the baby’s eyes and look adorable all at the same time.
Hats are another must-have accessory for staying safe in the sun as they offer protection for the baby’s head, face, and eyes. But children don’t always like wearing them, so it can be a battle keeping them on longer than 10 minutes. Help avoid this battle by starting them young. The sooner they get used to it, the easier it’ll be to keep hats on.
Dress The Part
Sun protection doesn’t stop at how you accessorize baby. You can help tonnes simply by choosing the right clothes.
Go for lightweight, light coloured clothing. That way, their fashionable togs won’t make them hotter than they need to be. This isn’t just about protecting from UV rays; heat exhaustion is a real thing for kids. Especially when they’re really young and can’t regulate their own temperature.
There are lots of suncream types available. So make sure to get savvy on which ones are best rated for your children. You want to have at least 30 SPF cream, but 50 is even better. And make sure it shields from both UVA and UVB rays, so your baby gets the best protection possible.
A lot of brands create sunscreens specifically for children. These are great options to go for because they’ll have fewer irritants that’ll harm sensitive baby skin. And make sure to reapply, often. Particularly if they’re in and out of water.
Set An Example
Our kids follow examples that we set them. So make sure you select habits you want them copying. Get yourself togged up for the summer sun, and make sure to apply sun cream.
All of these tips combined mean your precious little ones will be protected from the dangers of the sun. But what should you be keeping an eye out for if your protection doesn’t work?
You can quickly become dehydrated in the heat. And it’s surprising how much more liquid we need when the sun’s out. Make sure to have drinks available for children. And if you’re still breastfeeding, the baby will want to be breastfed more than usual. Watch out for these warning signs;
- Feeling hot
- Dry mouth
- Being irritable
- Being overly tired
It’s easy to get heat fatigue if you’re out in the sun for a long time. Having a paddling pool is a great way to keep kids cool, as well as running them a cool bath before they get tucked up in bed. Make sure to keep all their rooms cool and keep bedclothes to a minimum.
Keep your eyes peeled for these red flags of heat exhaustion just in case;
- No appetite, feeling, or being sick and nauseous
- Pale and clammy skin
- A temp of more than 38 degrees
The signs of sunburn are pretty obvious. If you keep suncream on, shade available, and dress them in appropriate clothing, you’ll be fine. Monitor them as you usually would. Just keep a keen eye out for redness emerging and get them out of the sun if it occurs.