With the beautiful weather we had across Ireland and the UK last week, and our upcoming holiday to Portugal this week, keeping Amelia safe in the sun has been the hot topic in our house at the moment .She has typical Irish pale skin, and though she spent last summer in the hot London sun, she was always shaded. She was not on the move last year, so keeping her under the shade was far easier. Now she is bum shuffling everywhere and will take her sunhat off when she realises it is on her head, keeping her protected from the sun has become a little harder. Slip-Slop-Slap is the iconic and internationally recognised sun protection campaign prominent in Australia during the 1980s. Slip on a t-shirt, Slop on the 30+ suncream, Slap on a hat. Launched to encourage people to reduce sun exposure and protect themselves against an increased risk of skin cancer. A highly successful programme, that is taught in schools, I think it is something that should be brought into schools across the UK and Ireland. Malignant melanoma is the most common cancer in Ireland and the 5th most common cancer in the UK. 86% of malignant melanomas in the UK in 2010 were linked to the sun and sun – beds. Sunburn — the skin reddening caused by overexposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation— may seem like just a temporary irritation, but sunburns can cause long-lasting damage to the skin. Children are especially at risk: One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. Do not let your children get burnt. Last year, I tried a number of different sun creams, though Amelia does not have sensitive skin, the daily application of heavy sun cream to her face led to her developing little bumps and spots on her face. When choosing a baby sun-cream you should look for one which is specially designed for babies’ skin. Don’t just use an adult sunscreen, because even though the sun protection will be just as effective, an adult sunscreen could contain chemicals that irritate your baby’s skin or even cause an allergic reaction. . We have always used Bepanthen Nappy Ointment on her bum after every nappy change, and 14 months later I can honestly say she has never developed a nappy rash, even when teething. So this year when chosing sun cream for her, I decided to try Bepanthen Sun Cream SPF 50 as I had such great results with the nappy cream and had read positive reviews on how good it was for sensitive skin. Bepanthen Baby Sun cream has been specially developed for babies’ sensitive skin by the experts in baby skin care. It’s free from parabens colour, fragrance, and preservatives offers very high protection against the sun. After 1 week of use, her skin is effect, no blemishes and most importantly, it has protected her from the sun in the garden and on a breezy beach. I also have decided to use Bepanthen’s Extra Sensitive Moisturizer Cream on Amelia, as an after sun care while we are on holiday. Ideally, babies under six months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. This is because their skin hasn’t built up enough natural melanin to protect them from UV light yet. As baby gets older, she can go out in the sunshine, but she will still need sun protection .Apply sunscreen liberally to any parts of baby’s body not covered up by clothes, remembering baby’s face, ears, feet and the backs of the hands. When you’re looking for the right sunscreen to protect your baby, opt for one that gives UVA as well as UVB protection. If the worst happens and baby does get burnt, apply after-sun cream to help relieve the pain.
Keep Cool and Carry On
Keep your baby cool in hot weather and try to keep baby covered up as much as possible. It’s not just sunburn that can affect babies and young children when the weather is very warm, you also need to protect them from heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration, too.
Heat exhaustion happens because the body overheats and can’t cool down. It can lead to heat stroke if not picked up.
Symptoms to look out for are:
- hot, flushed skin
- heavy sweating
- rapid heartbeat
- weeing less than normal
If you notice any of the symptoms, take baby somewhere cool immediately, loosen clothing and give hime/her lots to drink. If you can, try and cool baby down with a cool flannel or cloth. The symptoms should ease in around 30 minutes. If there’s no improvement after this time, call an ambulance. Top Tips for Keeping Baby Cool Keep babies and young children out of the sun when it’s at its strongest, between 11am to 3pm. If you have to take your baby out on a hot day, keep her in the shade by attaching a parasol to her pushchair. Apply a high factor sunscreen such as Bepanthen Baby Sun Cream frequently. Look for a total sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 50, and remember to apply it again if baby has been playing in the sea or a paddling pool. When baby or children are exposed to the sun while at the beach or outdoor pool, protect your baby additionally by dressing them in a UV protected swimsuit, such as this Splash About Baby Snug Mini Wetsuit,we use this one for swimming classes, and we will use this on the beach while on holiday.It also has a double lined swim nappy built in. Protect baby’s head and neck with a sun hat; find one with a wide brim or that has a long flap at the back to cover her neck.
We invested in these items last year,and will continue to use them :
A Sun and Sleep UV Shade for a stroller/buggy,this is great for sleeping babies and children,while protecting them from the sun. See “here” for more details.
Sun Tent this was perfect when Amelia was small, it has a soft mattress and it is a pop up tent.See “here”
Family UV Tent and beach shelter.We will take this on holiday with us, as it is larger, but packs away neatly.See “here”
Hope this helps with keeping your little ones safe in the sun. T & A xxxxx
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