There is much talk about the importance of covering children from the sun and one of the reasons why this is so important is that children have no natural protection against sunlight, and, therefore, in them, sun damage is cumulative. Adequate sun protection from childhood decreases the risk of developing cancer in adulthood, but there are other reasons to avoid sun injuries.
Childhood is a period of life when we are often exposed to prolonged sunlight. The exposure received during childhood and adolescence is about 80% of the exposure we end up getting throughout our lifetime.
Protection from the sun avoids unhealthy cumulative exposure. Please read carefully some tips that may help you to protect your child from the sun in all seasons, not just summer.
◾ Avoid the midday sun, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
◾ Sunscreens can be applied to children as soon as 6 months, exposing them to the sun moderately and never at noon.
◾ Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA UVB) with SPF 30 or higher; repeat every two hours. Sunscreen should be applied a while before the exposure.
One of the best ways to protect against the sun is to wear appropriate clothing, such as wide-brimmed hats or caps with visors like Patucos pique hats (patucos.us)- 100% cotton that avoid swollen faces and protect the entire face. Also wear breathable clothes like Patucos 100% cotton dresses, especially designed for babies and toddlers.
◾ These tips should be followed even on cloudy or winter days because the clouds let through 85% of ultraviolet rays (UVR).
Sun protection is very important, and therefore we must convince ourselves and convince others of the relevance of avoiding extra exposure especially in babies, toddlers and kids.