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Protect Your Children from Harmful Rays

While you enjoy the outdoors this season, and especially the beach, it’s crucial to keep your baby safe in the sun!

Babies can quickly suffer the short and long term damage of sunburn that might cause pain, fever and even dehydration! Moreover, the latest studies have proved that just one sunburn during childhood, raises the risk of skin cancer later in life!

This is why, nothing is more important than protecting your children from the harmful rays of the sun by following these tips:

    If your baby is younger than 6 months, keep him completely out of the sun and make sure that he’s wearing clothes that cover his whole body and a nice big hat. Use minimal amounts of sunscreen on the uncovered parts of his body like the hands and give him plenty of liquids.
    Knowing that the sun is the strongest between 10 and 4 o’clock, avoid exposing your children to it during these hours.
    Choose a sunscreen product designed specifically for children with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. Make sure that you apply the sunscreen every two hours and if your baby goes into the water, reapply it as soon as you towel him off, even if it’s been less than two hours that you applied it.
    Remember that keeping your baby in the shade, under a tree, or under an umbrella isn’t enough because it’s not the heat of the sun that burns the skin, but the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. And you should know that more than 80% of the UV rays penetrate even through the clouds.
    Choose for your baby a UV swimming suit which has been already tested for UV protection strength; it gives great protection and is comfortable to wear both in and out of the water.
    A hat is a must! Choose for your baby a hat with flaps in the back to protect the neck, and with a wide enough brim to shade the face. A brim that protects the ears is better than one that protects only the front.