The heatwave over recent weeks has been crazy. In this blog we have some simple steps to assure your little one doesn't get too hot and poorly In this heatwave, guidelines are given by the NHS.
Due to the fact babies have very little melanin in their skin, sun light is far too dangerous for them. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin, hair and eyes their colour, and provides some protection from the sun. Apply a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to your baby's skin. Make sure the product also protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Many brands produce sunscreen specifically for babies and young children, as these products are less likely to contain additives that might irritate the skin. Apply the suncream regularly, particularly if your child is in and out of the sea or paddling pool.
Avoid Dehydration! One of the keys to keeping your child free from damaged skin. Make them drink lots or even make ice lollies as they're very watery. A creative way to make them keep hydrated. Take a look at this article, a fabulous idea we think.
Children aged under 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight.
From March to October in the UK, children should:
cover up with suitable clothing, including wearing a hat and wraparound sunglasses
spend time in the shade (particularly from 11am to 3pm)
wear at least SPF15 sunscreen
To ensure they get enough vitamin D, babies and children aged under 5 years should be given vitamin D supplements even if they do get out in the sun.
Most people can make enough vitamin D from being out in the sun daily for short periods with their forearms, hands or lower legs uncovered and without sunscreen from late March or early April to the end of September, especially from 11am to 3pm.
It's not known exactly how much time is needed in the sun to make enough vitamin D to meet the body's requirements.
This is because there are a number of factors that can affect how vitamin D is made, such as your skin colour or how much skin you have exposed.
But you should be careful not to burn in the sun, so take care to cover up or protect your skin with sunscreen before your skin starts to turn red or burn.
People with dark skin, such as those of African, African-Caribbean or south Asian origin, will need to spend longer in the sun to produce the same amount of vitamin D as someone with lighter skin.
Your body can't make vitamin D if you're sitting indoors by a sunny window because ultraviolet B (UVB) rays (the ones your body needs to make vitamin D) can't get through the glass.
The longer you stay in the sun, especially for prolonged periods without sun protection, the greater your risk of skin cancer.
If you plan to be out in the sun for long, cover up with suitable clothing, wrap-around sunglasses, seeking shade and applying at least SPF15 sunscreen.
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