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Fun in the Sun

Summer Safety - Fun in the Sun

Time flies when you’re having fun, and kids often forget to protect themselves from the sun’s rays while playing outside. Help them stay by adopting the following easy steps:

-       Keep infants under 6 months in the shade, as they shouldn’t be exposed to sunscreen;

-       For children older than 6 months, always apply sunscreen with the highest SPF;

-       Ensure children wear hats and sunglasses;

-       Avoid the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.;

-       Wear long loose clothes and a hat;

-       Seek shade as much as possible, especially when outside for long periods of time;

-       Stay hydrated! Make sure kids drink lots of water when playing outside.

If you follow those guidelines, you’ll avoid any heat-related illnesses, which happen when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. Infants and young children are the most susceptible, but even older and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather. For heat-related illness, the best defense is prevention.