Story by: Alex Welch on June 28, 2021
Remember to follow sun safety guidelines to protect your kids from sunburn. It only takes 15 minutes to get sunburned, but the effects last for much longer. Effects can include discomfort, dehydration and dizziness. More severe effects can include nausea, fever and blistering. Sunburns also can lead to skin cancer.
Start creating healthy habits with your kids this summer to protect them from skin damage.
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Bring back joyful memories from your summer adventures, not souvenirs in the form of kids’ sunburns. Try your best to avoid sunburns. In the event that your kids do sunburn, get out of the sun as quickly as possible.
Make sure to encourage rest and hydration. Use cool compresses to provide relief. Avoid extreme temperatures; exposing the burn to temperatures too warm or too cold can be incredibly painful. Apply aloe vera or lotion to the burn. Store the product it in the refrigerator for up to five minutes before applying, for an added cooling effect.
Know when to contact health care professionals. Contact emergency services if your child has an extremely painful sunburn that blisters or covers a large area, or if the child experiences fever or chills, headache, confusion or faintness, or signs of dehydration.
Remember, kids aren’t the only ones at risk for sunburns. Make sure to model good sun safety. Lather up! Applying sunscreen sets a positive example for your kids.
Set a timer to remind yourself of reapplication times, and reward kids for remembering to reapply after activity.
Try making reapplication into a game. Who can make the silliest reapplication face? Who can stand the stillest while getting sunscreen applied? Who dries off the fastest after hopping out of the pool?
Make sun safety fun. Choose protective clothing that your kids enjoy. Pack an umbrella or a tent. If you are spending time in the brightest parts of the day, take breaks in shaded areas.
Make sure to hydrate, refuel, and reapply. An overheated or sunburned child won’t be able to participate in all the summer fun.