Ten Tips for Keeping Kids Sun-Safe

Part Three of Our Sun & Skin Series

Pediatricians are recommending kids get outside and get more exercise. But what should you do to keep your kids safe from the sun? Here are some top tips.

  1. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about skin safety to make sure you have the latest information.
  2. Encourage your kids to use sunscreen SPF 15 or above, and make sure they understand why it’s important.
  3. Teach your child to monitor his or her skin while outside; if skin turns white when pressed on with a finger it may be starting to sunburn.
  4. Have your child wear a hat or baseball cap when playing out in the sun.
  5. Have your child wear UV-blocking sunglasses when in the sun.
  6. When playing outside have your child wear a shirt and pants that provide good coverage. Some clothing now comes with the UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) listed on the tags.
  7. Encourage outside play before 10am or after 4pm when the sun is less intense.
  8. Medications can increase the skin’s sensitivity to light, so be aware of any medications your child may be taking. Common drugs like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and antibiotics can cause increased sensitivity, so talk to your doctor about your children’s medications.
  9. Insure your kids get adequate amounts of vitamin D from food and supplements, rather than from sun exposure only.
  10. Urge local schools and youth programs to adopt sun protection policies, such as providing shade on playgrounds and outdoor sports venues.

Related Reading

Part One of Our Sun & Skin Series

Part Two of Our Sun & Skin Series

Part Four of Our Sun & Skin Series

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