Oftentimes during summertime, we can become careless and caught up in fun activities, but it is definitely worthwhile to remind yourself of the dangers that summer brings and how to avoid them. Here are some good rules and suggestions to remember from the Health and Wellness Resource Center during the next few sunny months!
For babies under 6 months:
Keep babies in the shade and out of direct sunlight at all times.
Dress them in wide-brimmed hats and lightweight clothes that cover the arms and legs.
When adequate clothing and shade aren’t available, apply small amounts of sunscreen to exposed skin, such as the face and back of the hands.
For older children:
Cover up! This is the best defense against the sun. Whenever possible, wear a hat with a wide brim or forward-facing bill, sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of ultraviolet rays, and tightly woven cotton clothing.
Stay in the shade as much as possible, and avoid direct sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (when the sun’s rays are strongest).
Always use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more.
Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside and reapply every two hours while outside, particularly after swimming or sweating.