Parenting / 11 May, 2022 / My Baba
Are you investing in the best sunscreen for kids? Sunburn in childhood hugely increases the risk of skin cancer in later life. With life-long damage being done in the early years, it’s imperative that parents take the right precautions to protect children against the sun’s harmful rays. Experts still don’t believe that parents are doing enough and that re-education is needed when it comes to sun protection.
A child’s skin is much thinner than an adult’s which makes it more susceptible to damage. Consultant dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Crawley explains that “skin cancers take a long time to occur and they occur because of an accumulation of UV damage over a number of years, making it fundamental to protect skin from an early age. Getting sunburn just once every two years can triple the risk of melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.”
Always choose the best skin care for kids and adults, and opt for a suitable sunscreen that will offer sufficient protection. Dr. Crawley advises: “Whatever your skin type, look for one with a high SPF of 30+ and one that will protect the skin against both UVA and UVB rays. It’s also important to make sure the sun protection you use is suitable for eczema-prone or sensitive skin if you suffer from those conditions.”
People need to be applying sunscreen all year round — not just for holidays abroad and heatwaves, advises Dr. Crawley. “I think we need to really make the point when we are talking about sun protection, we aren’t just talking about blistering heatwave sun; we are talking about UV light.” The sun’s rays can penetrate through the clouds, which is why it’s possible to burn even when the weather is overcast.
Make sure you’re applying enough sunscreen. “One of the main problems we find is that people don’t apply an adequate amount of suncream,” warns Dr. Crawley. “We recommend at least two teaspoons for the head and neck area and two tablespoons for the body. But you can’t apply too much, so use it liberally.” While applying sunscreen twice a day is a good habit, “suncream really does need applying more than twice particularly on really hot days,” she adds.
Finally, don’t forget to keep the little ones hydrated when they’re enjoying the sunshine. It’s very easy to become dehydrated with the heat and to forget to drink if you’re out of your usual routine. Give them water every 20 minutes.