Children and the sea go hand in hand like fish and chips. Here are some tips to help you and your child enjoy a day at the beach. Even if it’s not sunny, your baby’s delicate skin can still get burned, so it’s important to protect your baby. If your baby is less than six months old, keep him out of the sun and stay in the shade. If you have an older child or toddler, keep them out of the sun between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, which is the hottest time of the day.
When your child is in the sun, dress them in cool cotton clothing that covers their legs and arms. An UV sun suit is also a good option. Dress her up with a wide-brimmed hat that shades her face and neck, and sunglasses to protect her eyes from the sun and sand. Before going out in the sun, apply sunscreen liberally to every area of your child’s skin that is not covered by clothing or headgear, including their arms and legs.
You may find it easier to apply cream before dressing your baby in the morning. This way you can be sure that you haven’t missed a single patch. Use a sunscreen specially formulated for babies and children with a sun protection factor of at least 15. Make sure the sunscreen is from a four or five star rated broad spectrum brand. This means that it provides protection from UVA and UVB rays, which will be indicated on the package. Reapply at least every couple of hours and after your child has played in the water, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.