Sea­son in the sun puts kids at risk

Central Leader - - NEWS -

As fam­i­lies spend more time out­side over the sum­mer it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber the sun safety mes­sages and pro­tect young chil­dren from sun­burn.

A few min­utes of gen­tle sun­light is good for grow­ing chil­dren and helps them to pro­duce vitamin D, but chil­dren can burn quickly.

Gen­tle sun­light is the light dur­ing the early morn­ing and later af­ter­noon through the sum­mer months and at most times dur­ing win­ter.

Plun­ket’s na­tional child safety ad­viser Sue Camp­bell of­fers some re­minders.

‘‘New Zealand sum­mers can be a fan­tas­tic time for fam­ily but the sun can be harsh. We need to re­mem­ber to slip, slop, slap and wrap.

‘‘Slip on a shirt, slop on some SPF30+ sun­screen, slap

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safety on a hat with a brim, and wrap on some sun glasses.

‘‘Sun­burn can cause painful burns, and lead to long-term skin dam­age and a higher risk of skin can­cer later in life. Peo­ple of­ten don’t re­alise you can still get burnt on a cloudy day in New Zealand.’’

Plun­ket’s top tips for keep­ing safe in the sun are:

Mak­ing sure young chil­dren al­ways wear hats with wide brims or caps with flaps when they are out­side

Keep­ing them pro­tected with clothes that cover their arms, legs and bod­ies

Re­strict­ing the amount of time they spend play­ing in di­rect sun­light

Us­ing sun­screen on ex­posed parts of the body

Keep­ing ba­bies in the shade at all times

Pro­tect­ing chil­dren prams and bug­gies.

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