Sun Safety Tips!

 

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Sun exposure is one of the top sources of vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium for stronger bones. Keep in mind that it only takes 15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure for most people to receive the amount of vitamin D their body needs. It’s important to remember to apply and reapply sunscreen throughout the day. For best results, apply sunscreen 15 minutes before the family goes outside and don’t forget about: ears, hands, and feet. Reapply sunscreen about every two hours, especially after sweating or swimming.

One of the best ways to protect your family and yourself from the sun is to wear: long sleeves, hats, and shoes. Due to an infant’s thinner skin and underdeveloped melanin, it’s best to keep them in the shade to prevent them from being sunburned. If an infant must be in the sun, protect them with long sleeve shirts and wide brim hats.

An important way to beat the heat is to stay hydrated. As the temperature starts to rise, it’s very easy to become dehydrated. The key to staying hydrated in the summer is to drink plenty of water. Drinking small amounts of water throughout the day is the best way to stay hydrated. Try carrying your favorite water bottle around with you – it’ll remind you to drink more water!

 

Sources:

http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/sun-safety.html#

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