Holidays are supposed to be fun events, with no stresses or worries and a time for simply relaxing. However, if you’re a parent on holiday then you’ll know that there’s nothing relaxing about this kind of holiday, however enjoyable it may be!
Whilst you’re having fun in the sun there are some important safety considerations you need to be aware of surrounding your kids. Things like checking the pool depth and keeping an eye on your kids in the water come as standard, but one of the most serious issues is that of sun safety. Just a few cases of sunburn can significantly increase the risk of your child getting skin cancer in later life – whilst in the shorter term it can be an incredibly painful thing for a child to suffer.
Take note of the following 5 tips and you’re sure to be safe whilst you enjoy your summer holiday.
1. Seek Shade:
The sun’s UV rays are at their strongest and most harmful during mid day, so plan your indoor activities for then. However, if you are going to be outdoors during these hours, then seek shade as much as possible – under trees, parasols or with pop up tents. It may be a good idea, if you have little ones, to plan a nap for this time, then you can recharge your own batteries too!
2. Cover Up:
Choose clothing for your children that covers their skin to protect them from harmful UV rays. Although long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are best, they’re not always practical so consider beach cover-ups, longer shorts and UV swimwear if your kids love being in the water. UV swimwear acts as a sun block, even when wet, saving you re-applying layers or sunscreen which some little ones loathe – and it is surprisingly stylish and inexpensive!
3. Buy Hats:
Sun hats, which are hats that shade the face, scalp, neck and ears, offer much more protection than more popular baseball caps.
Sunglasses protect little eyes from the suns rays, which could actually avoid the possibility of cataracts and other vision issues in later life.
5. Apply Sunscreen:
Children’s sunscreen should be no less than SPF 15, and ideally you should use one much higher than this. There are plenty of good reviews for the best sunscreens out there, and you should certainly make sure to apply it regularly, particularly if your kids are in and out of the water.
For babies, the best protection is to avoid the sun altogether and stay in the shade with the use of pram parasols or baby beach tents.
Too Much Sun Hurts…
Sunscreen is not designed to allow children to spend hours and hours in the sun, it is there for when sun exposure is unavoidable, not to permit it. Too much sun is harmful to the skin; it causes fatigue and even dehydration in more extreme cases, as well as sunstroke that could require hospitalisation – a real holiday damper!
Is Your Child Going Pink?
Skin that is unprotected from the sun can be damaged in as little as 15 minutes, yet it could take 12 hours for the damage to become obvious. If you notice your child’s skin looking a bit pink today, this could mean it will be burnt tomorrow. Prevent further burning and take your child out of the sun immediately or cover her up if you notice any difference in colour.
But There’s No Sun?
Even in climates where the weather appears cool and cloudy your child will still need protection. It is the UV rays which penetrate the clouds that cause skin damage and not the temperature.
In short, keeping sun safe will help your kids enjoy their holiday more, and come home feeling great, not burnt! Don’t forget to apply the rules to yourself too! The team at Single Parents on Holiday want you to completely enjoy your holiday, to avoid any cases of upset or dangers and to know how to protect your child from the elements.
This post was supplied by Mark Stubbles, Mark is ginger and knows sunburn well 🙁