Dr. Kamil Al Rustom Skin & Laser Centre in Dubai talks about how you can let your children enjoy the outdoors safely with the following sun protection tips.
25 May 2017| Last updated on 12 February 2020
- Use removable mesh window shields to keep direct sunlight from coming in through the windows of your car or invest in UV window film, which can screen almost 100 percent of ultraviolet radiation without reducing visibility.
- Take walks early in the morning before 10 AM or after 4 PM and use a stroller with a sun-protective cover.
- Dress baby in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs.
- Choose a wide-brimmed hat or bonnet that protects the baby's face, neck, and ears. A baby who wears a hat during the first few months will get used to having it on.
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- Apply broad-spectrum, SPF 30+ sunscreen to areas left uncovered such as baby's hands. Many companies have tear-free formulas that won't sting baby's eyes.
- Sunscreen must be applied 30 minutes before going outside and reapplied every two hours or after swimming or excessive sweating.
- Look for broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF 30 or higher. Water-resistant, spray-on sunscreens are a good choice for toddlers who won't sit still. Spray sunscreens should not be applied directly to the face; sprays should be misted into the hands, then spread on the face.
- Make sure your child seeks the shade between 10 AM and 4 PM. Check the outdoor area where your child plays to make sure there is adequate shade.
- Make sure toddlers are covered. Long-sleeved, unbleached cotton clothing is cool and comfortable, while also highly protective. Clothing with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) listing on the label offers extra security. We recommend clothing with a UPF of 30 or higher.
- Don't forget hats and sunglasses. Choose a wide-brimmed hat that protects face, neck, and ears
- With a little effort and planning, it's easy for young children to enjoy the outdoors safely, "Parents need to make it a priority and to also lead by example."