A bright red sunburn is much dangerous than you think, so keep your kids protected!
A child’s skin is precious. Whether you have a newborn, a toddler or a teenager, making sure you protect their skin from the sun is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. We know you know the importance of protecting your child’s skin this summer, but now that the warm weather is here, we thought we would remind you and suggest some easy ways to get your kids not to fight the sunscreen slather on.
Knowing Why Sunscreen Is Important
First off, it’s key to remember the reasons behind the importance of protecting your child’s skin this summer. Sure, it’s easier not to put on the sunscreen, but you don’t want to do that. Coming out of the sun bright red doesn’t just look funny, it is seriously dangerous. Leaving a child’s (or adult’s) skin exposed to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can lead to skin cancer, wrinkles and early aging.
Any sunscreen you buy for the kids needs to protect from broad-spectrum UVA and UVB rays and have an SPF of at least 15 to 30. Also look to make sure it's water-resistant, hypoallergenic and fragrance free--especially important for sensitive skin. It used to be that sunscreen was not safe for babies younger than six months—and while you still want to keep this little ones out of the sun, there is some sun protection now that is safe for them. It’s best to check with your pediatrician about what they recommend.
Like many things, even though sunscreen is good for your child doesn’t mean they see the benefits. Fighting to lotion up is a stayed story of summer, but there are some ways you can get them to cooperate—at least a little. Playing games, doing it to music, even finding fun lotions and bottles geared toward kids can do the trick. Trust us though, even if you have to pin ‘em down to get it on, it’s well worth the fight.
5 Ways To Get Kids To Put On Sunscreen
- Get them involved: Let the kids pick where it goes on first. Say you are thinking the right arm first and then ask their opinion. If they insist its left leg first, let that be okay with you. Then ask them where to next and so on.
- Play a familiar game: The Hokey Pokey of sunscreen works well. If you’ve got time (or limit to two or three limbs before you have to go all out), let them hokey pokey each body part that you’re about the apply.
- Make it a competition: Divide and conquer. If you’ve got more than one kid, let two grown ups race to see who finishes first (make sure to get complete coverage though!). If it’s just you and your child, use a timer to see how fast you can cover him or her and how fast they can do you.
- Draw pictures: Use the sunscreen to draw figures or spell out words before you rub it in.
- Look for child friendly products: There are a few sunscreens out there that kids actually like to put on—some that are blue and pink and then there are those like from Blue Lizard, that come in a bottle that changes colors when dangerous UV rays are around. It’s a great reminder to you and the kids to cover up, stay in the shade and put on the sunscreen.