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Parenting tips – How to protect your kids from the sun.

Updated on July 4, 2013

Stay Sun Safe

Kids love playing outdoors and riding bicycles on hot summer days. Soaking up a bit of sun is good for health as the Sun is a great source of Vitamin D. But too much exposure to sun can damage your child’s skin, cause sunburn and could even lead to bigger problems like Skin cancer.

Stay out of the Sun Day!

Every year, July 3rd is celebrated as ‘ Stay out of the sun day’. This day is actually celebrated to give yourself a break from the fiery summer sun. We feel easily dehydrated and sunburnt on hot summer days, and it’s worse in case of kids because their skin is much more sensitive than that of an adult. Just a few minor sunburns can increase the risk of skin cancer among children. Here’s are some ideas and tips on how to protect your kids from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays of the Sun.

1) Apply sunscreen

Make sure that your kids apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA & UVB protection. It is best to apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors. And also make sure to carry it in your bag in case your children stay out too long in the sun.

2) Hats & caps

Hats and caps offer enough protection to the face, scalp, head and ears. Hats are great for girls whereas boys can go for baseball caps. Encourage kids to cover their heads when they are out in the sun.

3) Cover up

It’s summer and we love wearing shorts and skirts. But long sleeved shirts, t-shirts and long pants help protect your child’s skin against Uv rays. Chances of sunburns and skin rashes are much less if they kids are properly covered.

4) Seek shade

Sun is the strongest and most harmful at midday so it is best to stay indoors at this time. Plan indoor activities for kids, make them watch animated stories and videos or cook something together to keep them entertained.

5) Wear Sunglasses

Eyes are equally damaged from the UV rays as is the skin. It is best to protect the eyes from the harmful rays by covering them up with sunglasses. Go for trendy sunglasses that your kids will love. That will surely make them want to wear sunglasses at every opportunity.

6) Cloudy days

Remember that the sun might be hidden among the clouds but it is just as effective. Do not neglect to use sunscreen on cool, cloudy days.

These tips are sure to keep you safe and healthy through the hottest summer days. Have a happy summer! Also, here's a quick summer treat recipe for kids that will keep them cool on hot summer days. :)

Kids food recipe - Watermelon Pops


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      Anuradha Javeri 4 years ago

      Thank you all for reading and liking my hub. It's very important to protect kids from the harmful effects of the sun. If anybody is looking for fun activities for kids to do at home, here's an art and craft link that kids will love -

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      These are all great tips for keeping children safe from the sun's powerful rays. It is amazing how quickly one can get burned while strolling outside or sitting on the beach. Your tip on the cloudy day is one parents tend to ignore. You can still burn. Voted up!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      great tips. Now is the hot season. Lots of hazy sun and terribly hot. I used umbrella and have my son to wear cap on his way back from school. You know, it's 12pm, the hottest time of the day. Need to apply some sunscreen lotion before he goes to school. Thanks for the tips.

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Parenting tips. Voted up.