Keep your child cool and protect them from the sun and heat. Babies under six months should be kept out of the sun and older children should be allowed in the sun for a limited time only, and their skin should be well protected. Stay out of the sun, especially during the middle of the day. All types of skin, fair or dark, need protection.
As parents we can take simple measures to protect our children. Remember babies and toddlers are not interested in tanning and sunburn can cause damage to their skin.
Attach an effective sunshade to the pushchair to keep them out of direct sunlight. A sun hat, with a wide brim or a long flap at the back, will protect your child's head and neck. Use loose long sleeved clothing. Apply a thick layer of high SPF suncream 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow time for it to absorb into the skin. Reapply a thick layer every two hours, particularly if your child is in and out of the sea or a paddling pool. Don't forget behind the ears, backs of the hands and the soles of the feet on the beach.
If your baby is under six months, offer more fluids and if breastfeeding, breastfeed more often. If your baby is over six months old encourage them to drink water. For older toddlers and children, plenty of fruit will also help to keep their fluid levels up.
If you’re making a journey in the car, do make sure your car has a sunshade to protect your child. Take drinking water for the journey and ensure children do not become overheated. Never leave children in cars parked in the sun.