Monday, July 15, 2013

Sun Safety for Children -- Guest Post

I'm off camping today.  It's a reunion and we are camping with at least 26 children, 10 aunts and uncles, and 2 grandparents.  Crazy times!  Soooo I am pleased to share with you an awesome guest post from Jen at Little Furry Musings.  It's all about SUN SAFETY for your children.  Great info here, so enjoy!
You’ve packed away those sweaters and jackets away and dug out that favorite comfy t-shirt for you and some cute little outfits for baby. Now it’s time to go outside and have a fun family day! First and foremost, we must remember to protect your skin and your baby’s from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Your baby’s skin is especially vulnerable to the UV rays so we need to take the necessary steps to protect their skin while they have fun and play. Many studies have shown that too many kids are not wearing the necessary amount of sunscreen or not wearing the correct protective clothing. This is serious, a bad sunburn in childhood or adolescence can double your child’s risk of getting skin cancer later in life.

Tips for Babies:
  1. Is it safe to bring my newborn outside with the family?
  • No, it is important to keep babies younger than 6 months out of the sun. If outside, keep them completely covered and in the shade. Although it sounds logical, do not put sunscreen on an infant.
  • Okay, but why? New baby skin is thinner and especially sensitive. UV rays can do very serious damage on a baby’s skin. Although we all preach sunscreen, a new baby’s skin is too sensitive for this type of product. Keep baby in the shade, completely covered from sun, under an umbrella always, or indoors.
  1. What kinds of sunglasses are best for my baby?
  • Protect your eyes from the sun’s rays with sun glasses and baby sunglasses. Ensure that these sunglasses absorb 99-100% of UVA and UVB rays with 400 UV protection. 400 UV protection means that the lenses block damaging UV rays with wavelengths up to 400 nanometers.
  • Okay, but why? Prolonged Exposure to the sun without protection can cause cataracts, macular degeneration along with many other eye problems; including sunburn on the surface of your eye and skin cancer around the eyes
  1. Do the sunshades on my baby’s stroller offer well enough protection?
  • Yes and no. Be sure to make good use of the sunshade on your baby’s stroller whenever you are outside but consider purchasing a pop-up stroller canopy that has built-in UV protection and fits right over your stroller’s sunshade to shelter your baby’s whole body.
  • Okay, but why? Again, their skin is very delicate and more prone to sun damage. This attachable canopy below is UV protected and covers your baby’s entire body at less than $20! Easily found on Amazon or at your local baby store.

  1. Does my baby need certain clothing other than a swimsuit?
  • Yes. Dress your baby in protective clothing always when in the sun. Cover your baby’s body, arms and legs in lightweight and light-colored clothing. Also, make sure they are wearing a hat at all times. Find one that is wide enough to shade the face, with a brim to protect the ears and a flap in the back to protect your baby’s neck.
  • Okay, but why? Your baby’s skin is too vulnerable in the sun so lightweight and light-colored clothing will reflect heat and keep skin cooler than dark colors, which are known to absorb heat. Fabrics with a tighter weave protect skin better than loosely woven fabrics. If you hold the fabric up to the light, the less light you see the tighter the weave.

    Bio: Hello, My name is Jen and I am a twenty-something blogger who loves to write about all things women, health, DIY, crafts, my cats and food! I have my own personal blog (LittleFurry Musings) and I also write for a medical and cosmetic practice in Kansas City where I get most of my health knowledge from the greatest surgeons. I have two little kittens (they aren’t actually kittens I just call them that because they are adorable) named Brio and Zelda. I spend my days riding my bike, experiencing new things, hanging out with my boyfriend and cats while blogging about all about it.  

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