We cannot stress this enough. Sun protection for the whole family is so very, very, VERY important. Just one incidence of sun burn during childhood can increase the risk of developing skin cancer later in life, and the effects of sun stroke in children and be really dangerous too. It just isn't worth the risk!
So with this in mind, this week we're sharing with you our five top sun protection must haves. Please let us know in the comments what makes it on to your list too.
It's probably no surprise to you, but we genuinely believe that every family should own a SnoozeShade. For protection against up to 99% of the sun's UV rays, and peace of mind when the babies are small- not to mention elimination of distractions for better daytime sleep on the go! Each SnoozeShade is subjected to rigorous safety testing that goes above and beyond the nursery industry requirements, and made from an air permeable fabric that means they are 100% safe to use in hot weather. It's worth baring in mind that babies under the age of 6 months cannot use sunscreen, and experts agree that covering a pram is a lot better (and safer) than exposing small babies to direct sunlight. Read more here.
For babies older than six months, toddlers, children and adults- sun screen is a must. A non-negotiable. Don't leave home without it, and don't neglect it on overcast days either.
Sun hat and sunglasses
Just as sunscreen should be a solid part of your daily routine, so should the sunhat and sunglasses too. Experts believe that sunhat and glasses scan help to protect against damage caused by the sun's harmful rays, and protect against the effects of sunstroke too. A no brainer really.
We've written before about the effects of heatstroke, and we can't stress it enough- staying hydrated is one of the best ways to stay healthy in the sunshine. Smaller babies should be offered more frequent feeds, and older children should get into the habit of carrying a bottle of water with them wherever they go. Same goes for parents- lead by example and stay hydrated throughout the day.
Look out for signs of dehydration:
- Increased thirst.
- Dry mouth.
- Tired or sleepy.
- Decreased urination
- Urine is low volume and more yellowish than normal.
- Dry skin.
If you can't avoid the sun when it's at its hottest (between 11am and 3pm) then it's a really good idea to make it your mission to seek shade wherever you go. Babies and toddlers in prams and strollers can use a SnoozeShade (or similar) to protect against the sun and to provide a shady area. For all other times, make sure you find as much shade as you can to keep everyone cooler and safe during the summer.