Sunburn is not only extremely painful, it can also lead to skin cancer. It is therefore vital to stop children from getting sunburn, both at home and when on holiday abroad.
Steps to take to stop children from getting sunburn
To stop children from getting sunburn, you should:
- Keep them in the shade between 10 AM and 4 PM. Between these hours, the sun is at its highest and strongest, significantly increasing the risk of sunburn even on overcast, cool or cloudy days. If the kids are out in the sun during these hours, make sure to apply sunscreen at frequent, regular intervals.
- Keep the children covered up with loose-fitting long-sleeved T-shirts and long trousers or skirts. If excessive heat makes this impossible, seek out shade (parasols, tents, other protective sun-gear) as much as possible. Again, make sure to apply sunscreen (ideally SPF 30 or above) regularly and often, especially on very young children.
Using a high SPF-factor, broad spectrum sunscreen (which protects against both UVB and UVA rays), make sure to apply the sunscreen:
- Between 15 and 30 minutes before the children head outside
- Generously, not forgetting hands, shoulders and feet; behind the neck, ears and underneath the straps of bathing suits, tops or dresses
- Frequently, approximately every two hours and after the children have been in/near water or sweating
You should also use a lip balm (SPF 30) to protect your children’s lips. Finally, if your sunscreen is older than three years or past its date of expiration, throw it out, as it will no longer protect your children adequately.
While you can do much to protect your children (and yourself) from getting sunburn, there are some accidents on holiday you may not be able to prevent. You or your children could, for instance, be injured by slips, trips and falls in your hotel, or by faulty amusement park or water sports equipment.
When misfortune strikes
If you were unfortunate enough to have a no-fault accident while on holiday during the last three years, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
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Date Published: February 19, 2017
Author: Accident Advice