The Dark Side of Sunshine | Protecting Your Family From The Sun
Whether you are heading off to a tropical vacation or just spending some time soaking up the great outdoors in Denver it is important that the whole family is protected from the sun and it's harmful rays.
"Oh Mr. Sun. Sun. Mr. golden sun. Please shine down on me."
Aside from providing our bodies with vitamin D, which increases calcium, Mr. Sun also has a 'dark side'.
Denver is a MILE high. Which means we enjoy the beautiful views of being at 5,280 feet elevation, but with that comes the sun!
So lather up, Mom!
But how is the sun negatively affecting our children and how do we protect our babies from the sun's harmful rays?
When a child gets sunburn their chances of getting skin cancer later in life greatly increase. Unlike adults, all children are much more sensitive to sunlight and don't need to be at the beach or a pool to receive the sun's negative effects.
Like all parents, when we learn that something can be hurting our children we go into protective mode.
How can you protect your babies from the sun?
Every time your little ones are outside they should have an even layer of sunscreen on. It is important to be using a UVA & UVB sunscreen that is above SPF15. Make applying sunscreen to your children part of your morning routine before starting your day.
Babo Botanicals makes a sunscreen suitable for babies, children and adults too. Remember to talk to your doctor about sunscreen for babies younger than 6 months of age.
Proper outdoor attire for your little ones.
Be mindful of how much skin is exposed when dressing your children for the outdoors. You can also incorporate some super stylish and protective accessories for your little ones to wear.
Park your family picnic underneath a great big tree, or find a shady spot in the park to play. If there is no shade to protect your family from the sun's harmful rays, make some! Invest in a collapsable umbrella or popup tent for trips to the beach, or hot summer days!
Doulas of Denver wishes you and your family a SAFE summer!