How to effectively protect your child from the sun and heat? 7 tips

How to effectively protect your child from the sun and heat? 7 tips

Do you know how to effectively protect your child from the sun? Here are 7 practical tips from Kinderkraft!

The holiday season is in full swing - temperatures are skyrocketing and the sun is making its mark not only on vacations, but throughout the season. Hot summers are a new reality, for which we must prepare not only ourselves, but also our children. What to do to make the rest or an ordinary walk with children during sunny weather safe for them? How to protect your child from the sun and the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation? Here are 7 points to remember when playing with your child in the sun.

Why is it important to protect your child from the sun?

Young children's skin is thin - so it's especially important to take care of your child when it comes to sun protection. Newborns also have less melanin, and are more easily sunburned than older children or adults. Even a short stay in the harsh sun can end up with unpleasant skin redness.

It is no less important to take care of children who are a bit older, but spend more time outside - for example, on walks or playgrounds. Remember that in the summer the sun can shine really hard, making it easier to get skin irritations and sunstroke if you do not take proper care of your child.

A man is sitting on the beach looking at a mother and child - the mother is spreading sunscreen on their child by the stroller

How do I protect my child from the sun?

Walk in the morning or evening

It's not a matter of going out for a walk after 8pm or waking up at 4am as soon as it dawns. Just avoid taking walks or planning activities at noon when radiation is strongest. The usual hours are between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. However, we know that realities vary, so if you must leave the house, make sure to follow the following points. When it's sunny, try to go for a walk before 11am or after 3pm when the sun is no longer shining as hard.

Baby cap

Of course, it does not have to be a classic cap - you can also bet on a baby hat with a wide brim. But the fact is, your baby needs a hat. And one that will cast shade over their face and, preferably, their neck. On the market you will find various models of summer caps: with a bill, with a neck protection, hats with brims, hats with rolled-up ear covers... Choose one that will not only cast shade, but also will be comfortable (straw hats are beautiful, but they can scratch the delicate head of a baby). If your baby chooses its own hat, you can be sure it'll be more likely to wear it.

A baby girll stands forward smiling - mom applies sunscreen to her nose

Sunscreen for children

There is a reason why we write about special sunscreens for children. Those for adults are often too weak - children, especially newborns, have very thin and sensitive skin to burns. That is why you will do best if you buy a delicate cream that is quickly absorbed and has a light texture, but at the same time has a minimum sunscreen of 50. The best filters are those with SPF 50+. Check the manufacturer's labeling to see if the product protects against UVA and UVB rays. It is also important that you check if the product has been dermatologically tested and if it can be used by children. Remember - if you have a child with very sensitive and delicate skin, apply sunscreen not only in the summer season!

If you are going on vacation with your child to the sea or to the lake/pool, it is necessary to buy water-resistant sunscreen. Remember to apply it 30 minutes before leaving home, and then repeat the activity every 2 hours (the cream rubs off or washes off while playing).

Hoods with UPF 50+ sun protection

It may seem like a marketing gimmick - but stroller hoods with UPF 50+ filters stop most UV rays. That way they provide protection from harmful rays. Make sure that the hood is extendable, as in the NUBI and ALL ROAD strollers. Another interesting solution is a hood with an additional sun bill, as in the 3-in-1 PRIME 2020 stroller. It would be good if it also had a mesh for ventilation, as in the mentioned NUBI stroller.

Look out for stroller accessories, too - EVERYDAY has a special sunshade that you put on the stroller. It reflects sun rays and keeps the baby cooler. You can also buy a special stroller umbrella - you attach it to the carrycot or stroller seat (e.g. to the bar) and bend it so that it gives your baby shade.

CAUTION: Never cover the hood with a muslin square or a blanket! Temperatures inside the stroller can reach up to 40 degrees when covered with a cloth! A muslin square pulled over the booth makes the baby boil, without proper air circulation - this is called diaper stroke. It manifests itself by shallow breathing, quick pulse, and even leads to lethargy, vomiting or unconsciousness

Keep your baby in the shade

When we advise parents not to expose children to the sun, no one of course means keeping toddlers indoors while the weather is nice outside. Just when playing in the garden, on the playground or on the grass, provide shade for your child. The matter with the playground is simple - a cap. And in the garden?

Opt for folding umbrellas or a cheaper solution - fabric tents like TIPPY or LITTLE GARDENER. It's easy to extend on the terrace, and the base of the mat provides space for the toddler to play, while protecting him or her from the hot tiles. If you have a garden, you can also buy a regular beach umbrella and stick it in the ground. Keep shade in mind especially when you go to the beach - don't sit in the full sun!

Sunglasses for a baby

Children over 1 year old should already wear sunglasses. What is more, such glasses should not be bought in a supermarket, but from an optician. Children's eyes are particularly exposed to harmful UVA and UVB radiation, so it is worth buying decent sunglasses in advance, which will protect the delicate eyesight of the child. When choosing a particular model, be guided not only by its appearance, but also by the material of manufacture and the highest possible filter.

The girl laughs - she has pink sunglasses on her nose

Stay hydrated

Of course, don't forget about proper hydration. Give your child water to drink instead of juices. But we know the parental reality ;) and preferences of toddlers and their resistance to drinking pure water. Be smart and prepare homemade lemonade beforehand - add lemon, fresh cucumber and mint and you'll get a delicious, refreshing drink. You can also throw crushed raspberries, strawberries or whatever your child loves into the water.

Opt for light, loose clothes

When it's hot outside, clothes made of natural, breathable materials will prove to be the best. Soft linen and natural cotton will be perfect for babies, and at the same time won't burden your budget. Remember also to bet on loose dresses and shorts, as well as big briefs (if a baby wears them). It's better to wear clothes that are too big, which won't irritate the toddler's skin.

Also buy airy socks for sandals. Some children walk in them without socks, but some may develop irritation and chafing. Opt for thin cotton socks. Go for light colors - white, sand, pastel pink, blue and others. They reflect light and don't get as hot as black, navy blue or bottle green.

A child is swimming in the sea - in an inflatable ring and laughing while splashing the water around

Sunburn in a child

It happened - you all paid attention, but the baby complains of burning, reddened skin and pain. If your child has already suffered a sunburn, first take care to cool the sore areas. Make cold compresses (sheets or cotton diapers soaked in cool water), or use water spray. Change the compresses as soon as they are warm, for about half an hour.

Then dry the skin and use a foam, gel, or emulsion with panthenol. You can also bet on allantoin or aloe vera (note - children should not use pure aloe vera, straight from the pot!). Go to a pharmacy and describe your problem, giving the age of the child and the place of the burn - the pharmacist will certainly help you choose the right preparation.

How do you protect your child from the sun and heat?

First of all, remember about headgear, high sunscreen and regular application of the sunscreen on the toddler (especially the protruding parts of the body, such as shoulders, nose, chin and forehead). In addition, you must remember to give your child water - the toddler must not get dehydrated! Play in the afternoon, after 3 pm, or provide your toddler with enough shade. And remember - never cover the stroller hood with a muslin square! Opt for an umbrella stroller or, if you are in the process of choosing a pushchair, a baby stroller or a 3-in-1 stroller with an extendable hood and UPF 50+.