The last thirty years have seen skin cancer become more of a concern for adults and medical professionals. Medical professionals agree even a decent sunburn on a child will later in life lay the foundations for skin cancer. If your child tends to have very fair skin and quite a bit of mole, then parents should check for moles that are black due to skin cancer this may mean. When you are an adult with dark moles, look at those as well or see a medical professional as they may also be the sign of skin cancer. Make sure the kids wear sunscreen while playing outside. With a normal day in the field, SPF 15 is recommended and you read the instructions to make sure that you reapply as instructions say. When it’s hot and your child is close to the surface SPF 35 is adequate, and if it’s a hot day, read the instructions and reapply as needed.
Your child can get only a few bad sunburns and as they get older this can increase their risk of skin cancer. This doesn’t mean that kids have to be at the pool, near water or playing outside to be exposed to the sun for extended periods. If your children play outside, they also need to be shielded from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays (UV).
Look for Shade
The rays are the highest, and therefore the most dangerous, between 10 am and 2 pm. Now is the time to schedule indoor activities and if you can’t do it regularly then sit under a tree, use an umbrella, a pop-up tent or look for a cabana. Many apartment complexes are in their pool section including the cabana. Both are safe alternatives for having a sunburn or stopping it. When it happens, it is easier to avoid sunburn, rather than seeking comfort after your child gets a horrible burn.
Cover your Skin
You should cover your child with shirts that are lightweight and have long sleeves, or trousers and skirts. Clothing made from tightly woven cloth gives the best possible protection. A wet T-shirt provides less protection concerning UV rays than a dry one. Dark colors also help to provide better protection than lighter ones. Several clothes are made that provide details and are accredited as having an ultraviolet protective factor.
Wear a Hat
Buy hats that provide shade around the forehead, arms, ears and face areas and make sure they’re made from good materials. Such hats provide great security. However, baseball caps are very common with kids; they don’t provide the necessary protection around the neck and ears. If your kid chooses to wear a hat, be sure to use sunscreen on sun-exposed areas.
Sunglasses are fine, as they shield the eyes of your children from the sun’s UV rays. UV rays can cause eye problems later in life, so if possible, look for sunglasses that wrap around to block as close to one hundred percent of harmful UVA or UVB rays.
Using sunscreen, and add again
Parents should purchase at least SPF 15 sunscreen, plus UVA plus UVB protection. Parents will put this sunscreen on their kids each time they go out. If you want the best possible security, add 30 minutes of sunscreen for your family to be outside. Make sure you generously apply this and don’t forget to use it on the feet’ mouth, nose, lips, and neck.
Make sure you’re taking the sunscreen with you so you can continue to reapply it all day long, especially after your child is swimming or exercising. Even if the product appears to be waterproof and water-resistant, use the sunscreen again. Please read the explanation on the box when using sunscreen products on infants younger than 6 months old. The drugs do not contain the same ingredients; so if your child has one drug with a skin reaction, try another, and call your doctor. The only protection your baby has against sunburn is to remain in the shade or stay out of the sun.
Note the sunscreen doesn’t work if children are forced to play in the bright sun for hours. To prevent damage from UV rays, you should try mixing sunscreen with other sun protectors.
Sunburn is Painful
If you find that your child’s turning pink, that means your child’s going to get a burn at night. Skin which is unprotected from the UV rays of the sun can be harmed in a few minutes. It takes nearly twelve hours for the skin to reveal the damage when their skin is vulnerable from being exposed to the Light. When parents start turning pink, they will get their child out of the sun as soon as possible.
Tanning looks good on many people because it displays radiance and wellbeing but there is no other way to put it than that tanning always hurts the skin. Any shift in someone’s skin color after being outside for a while, including your child’s skin, shows you that UV rays affected their skin. If it is tanning or sunburn it doesn’t matter.
The weather is rainy and mild
Kids still need to be covered when the weather outside is gloomy and colder because those UV rays still pop through the clouds. The temperature does not cause any harm, it is the UV rays that are guilty. The clouds just filter them out and that’s just a little bit.
Kids will also get a sunburn while playing and are exposed for longer periods. Try always to prepare ahead and always keep the sunscreen handy. Keep it in the car, purse, backpack for your boy, trunk or glove box. You never know when you would be going for a casual playdate in a park for an hour. Keep the beautiful skin clean, because the skin of a child is so fragile and beautiful.