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Protecting our children from the sun
As an Aesthetic Nurse I routinely tell my clients that exposure to the sun is one of the most harmful things for their skin. I would always recommend that exposure is minimised, especially in the middle of the day when the sun’s ray’s are at their strongest.  To give ourselves adequate protection we should always wear a sunscreen with a minimal SPF 15, although personally I believe an SPF of 50 should be worn during the summer months. The other way we can protect our skin is to NEVER use sunbeds.
However, those of us who are parents also need to think very carefully about how we protect our children’s skin, therefore reducing their risks of skin cancer as an adult. Here are some simple measures:
Keep in the shade – The sun’s UV rays are most harmful between the hours of 11am and 3pm. Try to plan inside activities during these hours. If that isn’t possible then provide plenty of shade, it might be a tree, sun umbrella or pop up tent. Encourage children to play in the shaded area.
Keep covered – protect the child’s skin by keeping it covered. It may not be practical to wear long sleeve tops and trousers in summer but a T-shirt and long shorts will provide good protection.
Wear a hat – get your child a hat that covers not only their head but also their ears and neck. Baseball caps are fun but don’t always give the best protection.
Wear sunglasses – sunglasses will protect your child’s eyes from damaging UV rays.
Apply sunscreen – choose a sunscreen with a minimal SPF of 15, although I would recommend an SPF50. Make sure that the cream gives protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Sun cream gives the best protection if it is applied about 30 minutes before going outside. Apply the cream generously and don’t forget the ears and neck. Reapply sunscreen regularly during the day especially after swimming. Choose a waterproof product if your child is playing in the sea or pool.  Make sure that the sunscreen is in date, they only last one season.
Remember that children can burn even on cloudy days. Clouds filter the sun’s rays but don’t block them.
Follow these simple tips and you will protect your child from potentially fatal skin damage.