Summer's in full swing, so it’s a good time to talk about sun safety. It’s important for everyone to protect themselves from the sun, but especially babies and children. A sun burn early in life dramatically increases a person’s likelihood of skin cancer. Here are some sun safety tips that every family should keep in mind.
1. It doesn’t have to be hot to get a sun burn – A sun burn is caused by the sun’s rays, regardless of the heat. We burn in the summer because of the concentration of those rays because of the Earth’s angle to the sun. You can burn in the winter if you’re exposed long enough.
2. Avoid the worst of the day – The worst time of the day, naturally, is around noon. Stay inside between 11 AM and 3 PM if you can. Have play or work time scheduled for early mornings or later in the evening.
3. Cover your skin – The BEST way to protect yourself is to cover your skin. Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing that covers as much of your baby as you can. Have you ever noticed how peoples in some of the hottest places of the world wear loose fabric head-to-toe? They are protecting themselves.
4. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen – Be liberal and consistent with your sunscreen. Use only SPF30 or higher. Avoid using sunscreen sprays. It’s hard to tell how much you have applied to your body because so much is wasted. Apply it thirty minutes before you go outside and apply it once every four hours. Get those less common spots like your ears and the tops of your feet.
5. Hydrate often – If you’re out in the sun, there should always be a water bottle nearby. Drink before you’re thirsty. Make your kids take a sip at least every ten minutes with an hourly break to take in a few ounces.
6. Keep babies out of sunlight – There’s no reason for a child under six months to be in direct sunlight. If you have your baby outside, keep them in a cool, shaded place. If they have to pass through the sun, put them in a wide-brim hat and cover their skin.
7. Consider any medications – Some medications increase a person’s sensitivity to sunlight. Antibiotics and acne medication do this often, so check your labels.
Written by Cindy Perry, Inventor of the pello, Luxe Floor Pillows
Cindy, a Texas girl, put herself through college working at a children’s library and sewing at night. When she met her husband and had her two boys, she decided to stay home to care for them while designing window treatments and bedding.
When Cindy’s first son was learning to sit up, he would always fall through the pillows she set around him, hit his head, and cry. Besides, setting her child down on the hardwood floors on just a blanket always seemed so cold. Using her years of sewing and design skills, Cindy took inspiration from a woman in her breastfeeding class and got to work. With some scrap fabric and a few tweaks, pello was born! pello is a luxe floor pillow that helps children feel safe, warm and protected.
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