Six top safety tips to protect children in the sun:
• Spending some time every day playing outside with faces and arms uncovered will give children the Vitamin D that they need for strong bones. But parents need to make sure children don’t get too much sun and avoid sunburn.
• When the sun is strong encourage children to play in the shade – for example, under trees or a parasol – especially between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
• Keep babies under six-months-old out of direct sunlight, especially around midday.
• Cover exposed parts of children’s skin with sunscreen, even on cloudy or overcast days. Use a high factor sunscreen (at least SPF 15, preferably 30 or above) that is effective against UVA and UVB. Don’t forget to apply it to their shoulders, nose, ears, cheeks and the tops of their feet and reapply often throughout the day.
• Cover children up in loose, baggy cotton clothes, such as an oversized t-shirt with sleeves or get them to wear a floppy hat with a wide brim that shades their face and neck.
• Protect children’s eyes with sunglasses that meet the British Standard and carry the “CE” mark (check the label or ask the manufacturer).
• If your child is swimming, use waterproof sunscreen and always reapply after towel drying.
You can watch Sparky the Somerset Sun Smartie dragon offering you and your family top tips for sun safety https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLb1BV5G6fc&t=3s
Or print off a copy of Sparky's colouring activity sheet:Sun Smartie Sparky - colouring sheet.pdf
For more advice on how to protect children in the sun, go to: http://www.somerset.gov.uk/skincancer
Cancer Research also has lots of advice about protecting children in the sunshine, visit their website: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org
Download a copy of the Sun Safe poster: Sun Smart Poster.pdf