5 Golden Rules of Sunshine

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Summer fun and sunshine just seem to go together.

We need sunshine – our skin absorbs Vitamin D. This vitamin is important for strong bones and teeth. But sunshine can also pose some risks, especially for children. Too much sun can cause sunburns, damage to the eyes, dehydration and sunstroke.

Protect yourself and your family from the sun by following some simple tips.

 

Seek Shade

Find shady spots whenever possible, or bring a sun shade or umbrella with you. You’ll still get the benefits of being outside, but you’ll avoid potentially harmful direct rays. Babies under 12 months old should always be kept out of direct sunlight.

 

Drink Water

Heat and sweat can cause you to become dehydrated faster than normal. Check out our tips on avoiding dehydration and making water more exciting here.

 

Sunscreen

Wear sunscreen. Even if you’ll only be outside for 15 minutes. The higher the SPF the better. Reapply at least every two hours or more often if you’ve been sweating or playing in water. Do not put sunscreen on babies younger than 6 months old, keep them in shade instead.

 

Cover Up

Hats and light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants made of breathable fabric provide protection from harmful rays and will keep you surprisingly cool. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.

 

Limit Sun Time

Don’t spend prolonged time out in the sun. Take breaks to go indoors and cool off. Sunscreen is not meant to prolong time in the sun but to provide protection from it.

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*Photos via Flickr: Ralph Daily & David Smith


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