Our skin is the largest and most visible organ in our body. Therefore, we must teach our children how to protect themselves from sun damage and develop good habits that will help them avoid skin cancer.
Skin cancer is one of the deadliest and most common skin forms of cancer. However, it’s very preventable, and most skin cancers have a 99% of survival rate. Even so, It’s essential to know how to protect ourselves, especially our kids, from ever getting it.
To help you know exactly what to practice, here are some sun safety tips that you may teach your children as a habit. By starting early, the hope is that these habits will stick with them into adulthood and prevent a future skin cancer diagnosis.
Wear clothing made from tightly woven cloth that offers SPF protection and that will cover and protect you from the sun.
Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF30+ will protect your kids from UV rays, and remember to look for clean or cruelty-free options to lessen your impact on the environment.
When applying sunscreen, the teaspoon method is important to follow. Re-apply this every 2 hrs to be effective.
Sun exposure can lead to dehydration, so we must stay hydrated. Guarantee that fresh, chilled water, sports drinks, or 100% juice are ready and prepared to rehydrate your kid throughout their play.
Use a hat with at least a 3-inch wide brim to shield your whole neck and shoulder area.
Avoid the sun’s worst hours. It’s typically between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm in most regions. In this period, the sun is most likely to cause sunburns and increased damage to the skin.
Do not use sunscreen on your baby under six months old because they tend to suck on their hands and feet. It’s also not recommended!
In this infographic from The Derm Review, you’ll find more extra tips that can help you prevent your children from the uncertainty of the sun— your loved ones will be safer in your care if you follow these important tips.