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Sunscreen Safety Tips

Posted on 04-21-2015

Playing outside is a pleasure that almost every infant toddler, and preschooler enjoys. As a parent, the concerns about protecting your child’s skin from the sun’s UV rays can overshadow the joys of fun in the sun.

Of course, protecting your child’s skin from painful sunburn is important. While over exposure to the sun can be very damaging, approximately 20 minutes of sun can have healthy benefits from the vitamin D3 that the sun provides. Children can be vulnerable to damaging rays because they are usually busy having fun and not thinking about how their skin is feeling.

When using sunscreen, consider a natural mineral sunscreen to lesson the possibility of allergic reactions from harmful chemicals found in some sunscreens. The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical fillers that can be potentially harmful. These non-mineral sunscreens penetrate the skin and can possibly be disruptive to hormones, skin, and overall health. As an alternative, mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. They do not breakdown in sunlight, are not usually absorbed into the body, and are generally more effective at blocking UV rays.

Here are a few additional safety tips for avoiding sunburn:

  1. If you plan to be in the sun for an extended time, wear light clothing to cover up. Also wear your natural sunscreen.
  2. Eat a diet high in anti-oxidants to protect your skin
  3. Remember, sunscreen may not protect your child’s skin if too much time is spent in the sun. Always pay attention to any sign of skin problems and find a place in the shade to better protect your child from the sun’s UV rays.

Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman is serious about children’s safety. We take careful measures to make sure our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are loved, nurtured, and safe. That’s one reason why we're not a normal daycare or childcare. Our staff is trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness. Teachers are also encouraged to further their education through CDA and CCP programs and are given opportunities to attend professional training conferences.

Contact us and tour our Learning Academy to learn more about how we keep children safe!

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