Season in the sun puts kids at risk
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
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.