How to Help Protect Kids from the Sun

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Raise your hand if when you hear the word summer you immediately start thinking about the closest beach, balneario, or lake. My family loves outdoor water activities and we like exploring parks and cities, too, which means we're outdoors most of the time during the season.

But while we're out soaking up the many benefits of nature, the sun's rays can have a harsh effect on our skin. So here are 5 tips for helping protect your skin from the sun this summer:

1. Outdoors doesn't have to mean full sun:  The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so it's better to seek the shade when outdoors during peak hours. Just a little bit of planning can make a big difference in this regard. In can be as simple as choosing the shady side of the street to walk on.

2. If it's good enough for Mary Poppins…: One of my kids loves wearing a hat, but the other refuses one every time (I think he feels hotter with it). So I carry an umbrella, not just for me, but for him, too. There are some very light, portable umbrellas available out there!

3. Swimsuits with SPF protection:  I have two boys and I buy them swimsuits with SPF protection. Also, I try to buy the kind that come with both swim shorts and swim shirts.

They don't fight me on it because I started this early with them, so for as long as they can remember they've always worn both the swim shirts and the swim shorts in the pool. With more skin covered, the more protection they have.

4. Sunscreen: Don't Leave Home Without It!. Apply sunscreen generously. Don't forget the back of the knees, the back of the neck, behind the ears, or the rest of the ear for that matter.

On the face, I like using a sunscreen stick, but for the rest of the body we like the type you can spray, like Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids.  Kids want to get in the water as soon as they can, so with the spray I can cover their skin in less than a minute. And what I love about Wet Skin is I can re-apply it, as its name suggests, on wet skin! Isn't that great?

5. Keeping up with fluids: Kids can spend hours and hours in the pool, or on the beach, so keeping them hydrated is very important.  Always have extra bottles of cool water nearby, and ask them to take a few sips regularly.

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Enjoy your summer!

Silvia Martinez
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