Prolonged exposure to sun and heat can be very harmful to babies and young children. It is important – especially at this time of year – for parents to refresh themselves on best-practices for keeping kids safe over the summer.
In 2015, the Government of Canada posted a comprehensive checklist of strategies and tips to guide parents through the year’s warmest months; please see below or refer to the Government of Canada website for more information.
Summer Safety Tips
- Infants should be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent skin damage and dehydration.
- Never leave children in a parked vehicle.
- Keep babies consistently hydrated
- Consult your baby’s healthcare provider before applying sunscreen to a baby younger than six months
- Consult daily UV index readings to plan outdoor activities. Rays are strongest between 11am-4pm which is typically the hottest time of day. Extra protection is needed during these hours.
- Children should wear a rimmed sun hat, breathable clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen when playing outdoors.
- Never leave children in a parked vehicle
- Keep kids consistently hydrated with cool liquids
- Sunscreen should be regularly reapplied especially after swimming. Extra attention should be paid to areas of the body that are most exposed (face, lips, ears, neck, shoulders, back, knees and tops of the feet)
Following these tips will help protect vulnerable young children from the dangers of sun and heat exposure. Though this checklist is thorough, it is only intended as a guide and shouldn’t be considered a substitute for doing your own research or consulting a trusted healthcare provider.
Stay safe and enjoy our beautiful Canadian summer!
FOR MORE SUN SAFETY TIPS VISIT THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA! http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/healthy-living-vie-saine/environment-environnement/sun-soleil/tips-parent-conseils-eng.php