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Safety 1st wants your family to have a safe and fun summer! Whether you’re outside under the hot sun or hiding from the heat inside with cool air conditioning, we have tips to keep your child safe and activities that will encourage creativity. Fun summer activity ideas of your own? Become a fan and share them on our Facebook page!

Sun safety is important for all people, but especially for young children who are still developing the organ most at risk: their skin. Remembering these handy tips will help you leave the worries at home when you are out having fun in the sun.

Children love collecting shells at the beach, but have you ever wondered what to do with these souvenirs after the family comes home? Here are some creative activities that will help make good use of those treasures.

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Don’t be afraid to enjoy a sunny day, but do remember that children – especially babies – need your help to protect them from overexposure to sunlight. Every child is different. We always recommend that you seek the advice of your own pediatrician to discuss the best ways to care for your unique little one, but following the below tips based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics will help you on your way to having fun in the sun.

Babies under 6 months:
For babies under 6 months, it’s best to avoid sun exposure. Use strollers with canopies or umbrella accessories to help keep them in the shade. Dress them in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that provide shade to the face and neck to prevent sunburn. Always be sure to carry sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 with you in the diaper bag. If adequate clothing or shade are not available, you can apply a minimal amount to small areas, such as the face or back of the hands. If an infant does get sunburn, apply cold compresses to the affected area and contact your pediatrician.

For Older Children:
As with babies, covering up is the best way to protect children from the sun. A hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward will help to protect the face. Sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays and cotton clothing with a tight weave are also helpful.

Limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This goes for adults as well as children!

Don’t forget to use sunscreen on those cloudy summer days. The sun’s rays do make their way through the clouds, so it’s important to always use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater that provides protection from both UVB and UVA rays.

Apply sunscreen before going outside and reapply every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
Water acts as a mirror for sunlight. Be careful when at the beach or in the pool as the reflected sunlight can result in sunburn more quickly.

(Source: http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/summertips.cfm)

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