UK sun is hot too! Think you can’t burn here in good old Blighty? Think again. Despite not being renowned for its balmy climate, the UK can get as hot as some Mediterranean countries, so sun-savvy precautions when out and about still apply. Most sun damage occurs during day-to-day activities – it’s not just the beach you need to worry about.
Sun cream know-how Tempting as it may be to squeeze the last little bit out of an old tube, it’s not a good idea, as its protective properties become less effective over time. NEVER use oil on your child’s skin, as it simply won’t provide protection, and make sure you don’t mistake aftersun for sun cream. Sounds obvious but it’s easily done!
Don’t be fooled by cloudy days Just because it’s cloudy doesn’t mean you can’t get sunburnt – and that goes double for your baby. In fact, it’s easier to burn on cloudy days because you’re less likely to take the usual precautions, such as applying sun cream and popping a T-shirt and hat on her. Clouds only block some of the dangerous UV rays, and cool winds can also lull you into a false sense of security. Remember, too, that the sun’s rays can be reflected off water and burn skin. So stay vigilant!
Beware of glass He sun’s rays are so strong they can even burn your child’s skin through glass, so make sure she wears sun cream and is dressed appropriately even when she’s in the car.
Drink lots of fluids Young children can dehydrate very quickly, so make sure cool drinks are in plentiful supply. Water is best but you can also offer very dilute fruit juice. If she’s very active – in and out of the pool, for instance, or running around – she’ll get extra thirsty. Keep drinks in a cool bag so they’re cold and refreshing.
For more information on staying safe in the sun, see sunsmart.org.uk
Sun protection for newborns and small babies