Keeping Your Kids Safe in the Sun and Heat Back »

Memorial Day weekend brought the unofficial start to summer and fun in the sun. My family and I spent a lot of time outside camping and on the lake. At the end of the night I think we all had about 3-4 layers of sunscreen to wash off.

Outdoor play is essential for all age levels but before you take off for the parks and lakes here are some sun safety tips:

  • Try to avoid the sun’s peak hours between 10 am and 4 pm and seek shade if your shadow is shorter than you
  • Select a sunscreen with a SPF 30 or higher and apply 15-30 minutes before going outside and even on cloudy days
    • Reapply every 2 hours and especially after swimming
  • Wear hats, lightweight clothing, and sunglasses with 100% UV protection
  • Drink lots of water and avoid sugary products such as pop, energy drinks, etc. that do not have as much nutritional value and will not help regulate your temperature as fast.

Sun exposure is especially helpful to get our skin to produce Vitamin D. 10-15 minutes/day a few times a week will help keep the Vitamin D flowing. Be a good sun safety role model and follow the steps above and kids will learn by example and have a fun and healthy summer in the sun.


For more information on early childhood development and resources contact Audrey Rider.

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