Spend time in the shade between 11AM and 3PM: This is when the sun is at its strongest – even in the UK and even when it’s cloudy, as clouds do not block damaging rays.
Sunscreen – when, how and what kind?
Check what SPF your child needs here. When playing in the sun in the UK, they will still need a minimum of factor 30
As well as checking SPF, have a look for the UVA rating. 5 stars offers the highest possible protection and is ideal for children’s vulnerable skin- we like Boots’ range
If you’ve got some left over from last year, make sure you check the expiry date. Generally, sunscreen remains and full strength for up to 3 years when stored in a cool shaded place. Any longer than that – chuck it out!
If you intend on spending the day in the sun, sunscreen should be applied 30 mins before leaving and then re-applied just before you leave. Use approximately 2 tablespoons per child!
Always re-apply after being in contact with water
Missed a spot? Find out how to deal with sunburn here
Babies under the age of six months should be kept out of direct sunlight, especially around midday
Sunscreen alone is not suitable protection: Make sure children are also wear suitable clothes including a wide-brim hat, sunglasses which meet the British Standard (look out for BSEN 1836:2005 on the label) and carry the “CE” mark and a t-shirt with sleeves. Brightly coloured materials have also be shown to block more UV rays than white or pale colours; but this also depends on material, fit and coverage.
Stay hydrated: We all lose more water when it’s hot, and active kids can get dehydrated quickly.
Take frequent breaks: Taking time out in the shade or indoors helps to avoid heat exhaustion and rashes… perfect excuse for a siesta!