There is almost an audible sigh of relief from parents around this time of year. The kids are back in school! Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean sun protection should be disregarded. Although the majority of their day may be spent indoors, kids may have recess or lunch outside. Along with evening and weekend activities, that time can add up. So it is very important to be diligent when it comes to your children's sun safety, especially when you're not there to keep an eye on them.
- Wear a hat
- Good: baseball cap
- Best: a hat with a wide brim all the way around
- Put on sunscreen at regular times
- Good: put their sunscreen right on the bathroom counter, and remind them to use it every morning
- Better: give them an on-the-go stick for in their backpack or locker. Check in with them to make sure they're using it throughout the day
- Wear protective clothing
- Good: long sleeves
- Better: long sleeves with UV protection
- Stay in the shade when possible
- Try to get your kids to make it habit
- Talk to them about why sun protection is important
- Good: remind your kids how to protect themselves often
- Better: have a discussion with them about why being sun safe is so vital
Some schools may have rules about sunscreen being brought to school. The Skin Cancer Foundation has a blank form here that can be signed by your Physician.
Just like you had to nag them every night (and maybe still do!) about brushing their teeth, it will be the same with sun protection. The most important step as a parent is to show a great example (follow your own advice!) and to be consistent. Do what is in their best interest and set the whole family up for success.
Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your kids sun safe? Tell us in the comments below!
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