Today’s article is by our new expert contributor, Jackie Morrison who is an Independent Health Visitor with over 20 years’ experience of working with children and families. She nurtures and supports new mums, dads and babies during their first 1001 days and beyond. She shares with us holiday safety tips for children and babies for 0-10 years old.
Overexposure to too much sun can cause sunburn and may lead to skin cancer in later life. With the summer holidays fast approaching, here are some sun and water safety tips.
Top 9 Sun Safety Tips
- Keep children out of direct sunlight as much as possible, especially babies under six months of age.
- Do not cover your baby’s buggy with a cloth, as this will prevent airflow and may cause overheating. A clip-on parasol or sunshade should be used.
- Use sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15+ with ultraviolet protection, even on overcast or cloudy days and apply to exposed areas of your child’s skin around 30 minutes before going out. Remember to reapply regularly, especially if your child is swimming.
- Dress your child in loose, light cotton clothing.
- A sun hat provides shade to their face and neck.
- Sunglasses which meet the British Standard and have a CE mark are recommended for eye protection.
- If travelling by car, try to travel early in the morning or evening, as it may be cooler. Never leave your baby or child in a hot car, even for short periods.
- Ensure your child is well hydrated by offering water regularly. Exclusively breastfed babies do not need extra water, they may feed more frequently to quench their thirst.
- Keep your bedroom at 16-20 degrees, have a window or door open, if it is safe to do so and use light bedding or no bedding.
Top 6 tips for pools and beaches
- Children must always be supervised near, with and around water, in or outside your home and should never swim alone.
- Always walk, do not run and they should never jump into water they have not been in before.
- Beware of hazards e.g. trips & falls, stones, waves, coral, boats and rocks.
- Children should wear buoyancy aids and a brightly coloured sunhat, so they can be easily seen.
- Nappies provide the added risk of the filling quickly and pulling a child under the water.
- Reapply sunscreen regularly, especially after towelling dry.
You can find more information from Independent health visitors website.