The right sun protection for my child

Protect children from the sun

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Children's skin is much more sensitive than adults' skin. For this reason, it is important to protect young people from too much sunlight, especially in summer. Spending their free time in the swimming pool or at the lake is no problem as long as the little ones do not get sunburned. You can find out here what you should pay particular attention to when it comes to sun protection.
The right sun protection for my child / a woman greases her daughter's back© shalamov / depositphotos

Children's skin sensitive to UV radiation
According to the opinion of medical experts, it is not enough to cream the children in summer. The midday sun should be avoided completely, as the harmful radiation can harm the sensitive skin of very young people despite high-quality creams. If the children like to spend their free time outside at noon, this is not a problem.

Until at least 3 pm, however, activities should only take place in the shade. Reflective pools without umbrellas are taboo at this time. The protective upper horny layer is much thinner in children than in adults. This makes it more permeable to harmful substances from the environment, including UV radiation. The body's own protective mechanisms are fully developed at the age of 12 years at the earliest.

These products are suitable as sun protection suitable for children
If no special sun cream for children is available, an ordinary cream or spray for adults will suffice in an emergency. If possible, however, special products for very young skin should be preferred. These products should have a sun protection factor of at least 30, better still 50. Furthermore, they should not contain perfumes, dyes or other skin-irritating substances. Otherwise the risk of sun allergy or other allergic skin reactions increases unnecessarily.

It is not right that sun cream should not be used after only one season. As long as the expiry date on the tube has not passed and the smell and consistency are normal, you can safely use products from previous years. Many products for sun protection contain so-called chemical filters. These should not be present in a cream especially for children. It has not yet been conclusively clarified whether the substances in question have a hormone-like effect and therefore cause lasting damage to the organism.

Effective protection from the sun during leisure time by clothing
Not only the cream and the classic parasol keep the harmful rays away. The right clothing also ensures that the little ones can enjoy their free time in the open air. A hat with a wide brim is especially important. This not only protects the scalp, but also the neck and face from the sun.

The more surface the light, bright clothing covers, the lower the risk of sunburn. To make sure that the little ones like to keep their clothes on, the pieces should fit loosely and be as comfortable as possible. Breathable fabrics such as cotton are particularly suitable. Not all fabrics are considered sunproof. If a T-shirt or trousers carry the "UV Standard 801" seal, you can be sure that your little ones are well protected.

Even when swimming, children should, if possible, at least keep their clothing on their upper body. A simple T-shirt protects the sensitive shoulder area from too much sun and hardly disturbs while swimming. Don't forget that sunburn can also quickly develop on the feet. Open shoes are not suitable to protect the little ones from the sun. At least the back of the foot should be covered.
The right sun protection for my child / little boy swimming with T-shirt© Corepics / depositphotos

Use sun protection correctly
It is not enough to use high-quality creams or sprays especially for children. The products can only provide adequate protection if they are used correctly. In the first year of life, babies should not be creamed at all. On the second year of life, sunscreens can protect against UV-A and UV-B rays. This only works if the products are applied to dry skin. If in doubt, it is better to use too much than too little and massage the creams in well. You should apply the first cream to your child half an hour before going out.

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