Making sun safety a habit will take some of the hassle out of it. Taking pre-sun precautions will become a matter of fact, and the extra five or six minutes it takes to cover up and get sun-screened may do more than just prevent sunburn – it might just save your child’s life. Skin cancer is a real problem, and it can kill. Take a look at this Illustrated, Step-by-Step Skin Cancer Self-Exam and see if you or your children are at risk.
This week we started with a way for you to test your sun safety knowledge with What’s Your Sun Safety IQ? To help you make sure you’re doing everything right, we found you tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and 10 Ways to Keep Your Child Hydrated in the Summer. And then, for when things don’t go exactly as planned, we dug out a Sunburn Treatment Reference Sheet.
We hope you’ll use this week’s posts as quick references to keep your children hydrated and their delicate skin safe from the sun.
If you’ll be spending some time at the beach with your little one, consider a fun cabana that will protect them from UV rays! A sunshade for your car is also a great investment for summer time and all year-round.
American Academy of Pediatrics Sun and Water Safety Tips for Babies and Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an authority when it comes to setting health policies in the medical treatment of children.
In this page on sun and water safety, the AAP gives definitive guidelines on protecting children (and everyone else) in the sun and on the water, whether it’s by the pool or in a boat. Topics also include heat stress in exercising children and swimming in open waters. For further information on these topics, the AAP recommends visiting www.healthychildren.org.
Illustrated, Step-by-Step Skin Cancer Self-Exam
Skin cancer, as with any cancer, can become deadly without prompt treatment. Your best bet is early detection. When found and removed early, skin cancers are almost always curable.
Self-examinations can be a powerful early detection tool. It is recommended that everyone do them monthly. They require more than a casual glance at exposed skin. Here is an illustrated, step-by-step method to conducting self-examination to detect signs of skin cancer. This guide shows you how to look for signs of cancer; don’t forget to check out what you’re looking for: warning signs of melanoma.
Sunburn Treatment Reference Sheet
Sunburn is more than just a painful redness. Repeated sunburns can eventually lead to skin cancer. Think prevention when going out in the sun by minimizing time in direct sunlight, wearing protective clothing and accessories, and applying sunscreen liberally before sun exposure.
Despite precautions, sunburn can still sneak up on you, especially when you’re having fun. It can happen within just 15 minutes of being in the sun. Here is an important reference for the signs and symptoms of sunburn and what to do when it happens.
10 Ways to Keep Your Child Hydrated in the Summer
Kids’ bodies dehydrate at much faster rates than adults’. They need to stay hydrated, particularly in the summer heat, but that doesn’t mean we should grab them a juice or whatever’s nearby. The sugar content in juice slows fluid absorption and can actually aggravate dehydration!
Here are the ten best ways to keep your kids hydrated and, more importantly, how to keep them interested in the almost-constant liquids you should be offering them on the hottest days of summer.
What’s Your Sun Safety IQ?
These questions sound simple enough, especially if you’re as well-versed in the basics as you should be – but a couple of questions may trip you up! Test out your sun safety knowledge with this interactive quiz. The best part of the quiz is that you’ll see instantaneously whether you’re right or wrong. It’s a fun way to check that you’re doing the most for yourself and your kids when it comes to sun protection.
The kids are revving up for summer vacation, and so is the sun! As we bask in the bright rays, it’s important to remember that our fun today carries consequences for tomorrow. It’s not just sunburn you have to worry about. You have to be concerned about heat exhaustion, heatstroke, and, in the long term, skin cancer.
Skin cancer seems to be on the rise. The American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from it. Your kids may have a good 60, 70, or 80 summers ahead of them! That’s plenty of time for UV rays to take their toll, so you need to start thinking about protecting them now.
Here’s to hoping for many safe summers ahead! This week, we’ll be sharing important information on sun safety, especially for youngsters. Topics include sunburns, dehydration and hydration, and skin cancer. Don’t forget to pass on what you learn.