As most people who are diagnosed with skin cancer are adults they may not realise the susceptibility of children’s skin to harmful UV rays – it’s something which is commonly underestimated and can catch the most sun-smart person out. According to Cancer Council NSW, exposure to UV radiation during the first 15 years of life greatly increases the risk of developing skin cancer in adults.
With this in mind we’ve created some helpful tips to encourage sun smart protection practises with your babies, toddlers & children:
1. Keep infants out of the sun! Plan the day’s activities so that they are not exposed to direct sunlight, especially between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm (11:00 am and 3:00 pm daylight saving time). Sunscreen is not recommended for infants under the age of six-months-old, so the best solution is to make sure they are kept in the shade and out of direct sun exposure. If they are in the sun make sure they have their legs and arms covered and keep them cool with plenty of water. […]