Stay safe in the sun

Stay safe in the sun

Safety in the sun is an important consideration for all parents as babies and young children are particularly vulnerable to sunburn.

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You've been looking forward to it all year and now it's finally here. You can almost feel the warm rays on your skin and quite frankly it can't come any sooner. Not to mention the fact your hols are the perfect excuse to dust off that sparkly kaftan, dig out your coconut-scented sun tan lotion and dress your little ones up in cutesy sun hats and cool-dude shades.

In your head, you envision a scene from a Disneyland advertisement, all laughing parents and kids struggling to withhold their excitement. While, in actuality, in the back of your mind you just know there's just no escape from the inevitable bumps, bites and sickly tummies. Oh and of course, there's the daddy of all holiday ailment; sunburn.

Yep there's nothing quite like sore, red burned skin to rain on your parade. Safety in the sun is an important consideration for all parents as babies and young children are particularly vulnerable to sunburn.

To ensure your child doesn't get sunburn; keep them in the shade wherever possible - especially through the hours of 11am – 3pm where the sun is strongest; apply sun screen; dress babies and children in sunhats and light loose fitted clothing that covers their arms and legs in hot weather.

If your little one does suffer sunburn, be sure to follow this advice:

1. Move your child into the shade or into a cool room and give them a drink.

2. Cool the sunburn by dapping with cold water. Apply calamine cream or a special after-sun cream to soothe the skin.
Please note it is important to seek medical advice if there is blistering.

Have you been on a Red Cross Baby and Child First Aid course yet? The 5-hour course will guide you through how to deal with a range of childhood emergencies such as choking, unconsciousness, burns and meningitis. Click here to find out more.

If you're going on your hols, be sure to take the free Red Cross Baby and Child First Aid App with you so you'll always have first aid at your fingertips.

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