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Sun Safety at School

As the temperatures rise, it is important that students drink plenty of water and dress appropriately for the heat. Water bottles are encouraged.  Students are also able to wear sunglasses, hats or other sun-protective wear while outdoors and are allowed to possess and use sunscreen on school property without a prescription (FS 962(m)). Students are encouraged to apply sunscreen before going to school, and may self-apply it prior to going outdoors. Using sunscreen wipes is recommended for easy application.

Sun Protection Safety: Infants

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Before you head to the beach  with your kids, don’t forget the sunscreen. But is sunscreen lotion right for all children?

Babies have sensitive skin, and the chemicals in sunscreen may put them at risk for side effects. Get sun safety tips on how to protect your infant from the sun.

 

Putting (and Keeping) Sunscreen on Children

1. Before applying, consider other ways to protect skin

Dressing your child in sun-safe clothing will minimize the amount of skin you have to cover with sunscreen, which will reduce the struggle from the start.

2. Make it a ritual right from the start

Kids should understand early on: “The privilege of getting to do this fun activity comes with the responsibility of taking care of our skin while we do it.”

3. Don’t wait until the last minute to apply

When you arrive at the beach and kids can see the water, the last thing they’ll want to do is hang around for a sunscreen application. Make sure they’re protected and ready to go.

For sunscreen to work best, apply it 30 minutes before exposure to the sun.  In an ideal world, you’re in an indoor environment when you apply.

4. Apply when they’re strapped in their car seat

This approach can make the process easier with infants and toddlers.

5. Make it fun

Make up games, sing songs, do a silly dance — whatever it takes to make the sunscreen application fun.

6. With older kids, appeal to their vanity

The most powerful strategy for reluctant teens is not around cancer risk and scary scars from melanoma, but around vanity and appearances.

7. Consider spray

They’re convenient, easy to use, and may encourage families to reapply sunscreen in regular intervals.

8. Make sure you have enough

The key to having sunscreen stay in the right place is to use enough. You need an ounce of sunscreen to cover someone’s whole body, so if you have a 3-ounce bottle, it won’t last for a whole day once you start to reapply.

9. Reapply strategically

When children get out of the water for a break or a snack, it’s the perfect time to reapply.

10. Be prepared for impromptu fun in the sun

A sunscreen stick packed in a purse will ensure you always have sunscreen on hand.

Summer Safety Tips

kids in poolWith Memorial Day past us, it is the unofficial start of summer.  Kids will be getting out of school soon and playing outside for most of the day.  In the Florida sun, it is important to remember a few things that can affect us when we’re outside.  You don’t want your kids, or yourself for that matter, overheating, dehydrating, getting sun burnt or being unsafe around the pool.  Check out our list of summer safety tips from the CDC and PBS.org.  If you have one to add, put it in the comment section below.

 

  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car even with the windows open.  Cars can heat up to over 130˚F.
  • Be aware of when your children are playing outside.  With temperatures reaching into the 100˚’s, the best time to be outside is in the morning or evenings.
  • Check playground equipment to make sure it is safe and working properly.
  • Supervise young children at all times.
  • Wear protective clothing including a hat and sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen is a must.  Look for products that protect against UVA and UVB and an SPF of at least 15.
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen liberally 30 minutes before going into the sun and reapply every two hours or sooner.
  • If your kids are playing in the water, make sure an adult is always present and paying attention.
  • Make sure your kids know how to swim and if not get them swimming lessons.
  • If you’re out on a boat, make sure everyone is wearing a life jacket and that it fits properly.