HELP ME GROW: Summer Sun Safety

Summer is an exciting time for families! Adventures in the park. Playgrounds. A walk around the block. You and your little ones will spend a lot more time outdoors. No matter the type of quality time activity, being safe in the sun and staying healthy is important!  While a little vitamin D is good for your health, too much sun can cause skin damage or other health related illnesses.

Here are a few tips that every parent should keep in mind before heading out the door.

  • Shade – The best way to protect your family from the sun is to find a cool shaded area. Seek shade under trees, an awning, or under an umbrella. For baby, a stroller with a cover works well!  Not all shade will keep your little one safe from sun burns so remember to be extra careful! It never hurts to apply sunscreen.
  • Cover up – Your baby’s skin is delicate at this age. Dress your baby in clothing that covers the entire body. Be careful not to overdress your baby. Light colored and loose fitted clothes will keep him/ her cool and comfortable.
  • Sunscreen – The summer sun can be tricky. Your baby can be at risk for a sunburn on cloudy days. Before spending quality time outside, lather your baby with some sunscreen. Don’t forget to apply under the clothes! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests to “use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and UVA and UVB (broad spectrum) protection” Apply every 30 minutes. For children under 6 months old, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests applying a small amount of sunscreen to exposed areas.
  • Look stylish – Hat and sunglasses are fun and fashionable. They can also help keep your baby safe. A hat with a brim is a great accessory plus it shields the eyes and face from the sun. Let your baby pick out their own sunglasses from a selection that offers UV protection.

Your baby’s health and wellness are important. Do not hesitate to dial 211 if you have a parenting question. You will reach Help Me Grow, a program that helps parents get connected to the appropriate services to advocate for their child and be the best parent possible.