The powerful rays of the sun can turn out to be harmful for all of us. Infants and toddlers are under increased risk as their skin is tender and soft. Early exposure to the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun is likely to lead to skin cancer gradually. It is extremely important that you protect your child from the summer sun in order to avoid sunburn.
It is advisable not to take your baby out during the mid-day, when the sun is at its powerful peak. Even on cloudy days, avoid taking your child to the beach between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., as sunburn is likely. Moreover, experts warn that while at beach the risk of sunburn is more due to water reflection and wind. Of course, the skin of pale kids is more likely to be burnt. But, this does not mean that sun’s rays least harm darker-skinned children. If exposed to constant sun for long, even dark-skinned children will be burnt.
Babies should be enveloped in protective sunscreen layers, exclusively meant for them. However, it should be ensured that the label on the cover is read through thoroughly. It is practically difficult to reapply the sunscreen lotions on older kids while at beach, since once out in the water, they are least likely to emerge out in between. It is always wise to wrap the baby in long sleeves and pants as they are taken out into the sun. In this way, parents will be able to reduce the surface area of sun exposure effectively.
Sun-protective swimwears are yet another good option. The swimwears are made from lightweight, tightly woven synthetic and are thus comfortable to wear. It is extremely important that you do not let your child wear white T-shirt as they go out into the sun. Bright and darker shades provide more protection form the sun’s rays, when compared to pale colors.