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Summer Sun Safety Tips

Written by Dana Bain on .

Summer is officially here and the weather is finally getting warmer! In all seasons, especially summer, protecting children from the sun's harmful rays is a must!  Heat-related illness happens when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and children up to 4 years of age are at greatest risk.

Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illnesses, the best defense is prevention.

Follow these tips from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention to keep you and the children you care for safe during summer outdoor play.

~Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.

~Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

~Schedule outdoor activities carefully, for morning and evening hours.

~Seek medical care immediately if a child has symptoms of heat-related illness.

~Cover up. Clothing that covers your and your child's skin helps protect against UV rays.

~Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) protection every time you and your child go outside.

 

Check out these resources for more information on sun safety:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/basic_info/children.htm

Healthychildren.org: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Sun-Safety.aspx

American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Sun-and-Water-Safety-Tips.aspx

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC):  http://www.naeyc.org/content/childrens-books-about-warm-weather-fun 

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