10 Important Do’s and Don’ts for protecting your kids’ skin this summer

10 Important Do’s and Don’ts for protecting your kids’ skin this summer

10 Important Do’s and Don’ts for protecting your kids’ skin this summer

Protecting your child is the most important thing you can do as a parent. This means ensuring they get the proper nutrition, the right amount of sleep, and keeping their skin safe from the summer sun.

Children’s skin is sensitive, and what may be a slight burn for adults could leave a child with blistering, painful skin. While it’s unrealistic to keep your kids completely covered all summer long, you can help protect them in other ways.

Here are 10 Do’s and Don’ts for protecting your kids’ skin this summer.

DO: Remember the sunscreen. Always have a bottle by the door, in your bag, or packed with sporting or swimming equipment. That way you’ll never be left unprepared. Remember to use SPF 30 to 50 and reapply every couple of hours, or as recommended on the label.

DON’T: Go outside during the hottest part of the day, or during twilight. Limit your kids’ exposure during peak hours to prevent unneeded burns, heat rash, sun/heat stroke and bug bites.

DO: Do a skin test before using new products. Find a small spot on your child’s leg or wrist and rub a small amount of the product on to make sure your child won’t have an allergic reaction.

DON’T: Bathe too often. This may seem odd, but frequent bathing can dry skin out, or cause rashes and irritation which can be worsened by heat and sun. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that kids aged six to 11 only bathe once or twice a week.

DO: Drink lots of water. Keeping your child hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to prevent heat stroke and dehydration. This isn’t limited to outdoor activities. It’s just as important when indoors in air conditioning because it can dry the air out which causes dehydration as well.

Kids playing on a beach.

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DON’T: Forget about bugs. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the outdoors to avoid potential bug bites and stings. Keep the bug repellent with the sunscreen so if the kids are outdoors longer than anticipated, you’ve still got them covered against Lyme disease, West Nile Virus and allergic reactions.

DO: Wear a hat and sunglasses. Not only do hats and sunglasses keep the sun’s harmful rays from children’s eyes, hats protect their head from sunburns as well. You can also dress them in breathable, lightweight clothing that helps protect against UV rays.

DON’T: Expose babies or toddlers to direct sunlight. It’s important to keep the little ones from the sun, as many sunscreens aren’t approved for youngsters. Try to keep babies and toddlers in shaded areas and make sure they have clothing and hats to protect their sensitive skin.

DO: Remember to moisturize. Exposing your child’s skin to sun, wind, heat, chlorine and other allergens can make their sensitive skin even more susceptible to damage. Help their skin stay soft and smooth and keep them pain free by using lotion or moisturizers.

DO: Dress for the weather. In the summer, keep your kids dressed in lightweight, light colored clothing that allows heat and sweat to escape and doesn’t attract the sun. This will help prevent overheating and rashes.

Also read: A warning about sunscreen that every parent needs to read


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