Babies and Children

Babies and Children

Babies

  • Remember that babies cannot move around by themselves and may get hot and uncomfortable if they become over-heated.
  • Keep babies less than 12 months old out of the sun and in the shade.
  • Loose-fitting clothing will help keep babies cooler.
  • Give your baby frequent drinks to help prevent dehydration.

Toddlers and Young Children

Young children love playing outdoors, but they are not aware of how the sun can damage their skin. They need special care when they are in the sun.
  • Dress young children in loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when they are in the sun.
  • Select and generously apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to the parts of the body that remain exposed before they go out in the sun and make sure it is water-resistant if they will be going into the water.
  • Encourage children to play in the shade when the sun is hottest – around midday. You can create your own shade with a beach umbrella or canopy, or take advantage of natural shade under trees.
  • Choose sunglasses that comply with the British Standard -look on the label for BS2724:1987.
  • If taking children in the car make sure there is adequate ventilation and never leave them in the car unattended.

Recommendations

  • Always choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above
  • Apply thickly and evenly over all exposed areas; paying particular attention to ears, neck, bald patches, hands and feet;
  • Re-apply regularly, especially after swimming. Don’t forget to protect children’s eyes, provide shade with hats or sunglasses if they are old enough. Check the label for 100% UV Block.
  • Do not rely on a sunscreen alone – you should still limit the length of time spent in the sun.