It’s back to school season, and just because summer vacation is coming to a close doesn’t mean that it’s okay to forget about sun safety. Outdoor physical education classes, sports practices, and recesses are all times for sun exposure. There are a few tips we can follow in the time leading up to the first day, so that we can send our kids back to school worry-free. Practicing sun safety ourselves, teaching our kids about the importance of sun protection, and sending our kids to school prepared to spend time in the sun will all help to minimize the risk of getting a sunburn at school.
Helping your kids develop sun safe habits is a must. One bad sunburn in childhood doubles the lifetime risk of developing the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma. We can show our kids how sun protection should be part of their daily routines by applying sunscreen, and wearing hats, protective clothing, and sunglasses ourselves, on a regular basis.
To help your kids be sun safe at school, have them apply their first layer of sunscreen at home, and send them to school wearing their hat and sunglasses. Also, don’t forget to send your kids to school with sunscreen so that they can reapply it throughout the day. If your child has skin type I or II and sunburns easily, you may also want to consider sending them with protective clothing. To encourage your kids to actually wear their hat and sunglasses at school, you could take them shopping to have them pick out ones that they like. Also, it’s possible to be allergic to sunscreen¹, so testing a small amount on your child before school starts will help to prevent any potential allergic reactions from developing while they’re at school.
For more sun safety tips for kids, check out our previous post.
- Bassett, C. (2013). Am I really allergic to my sunscreen? Retrieved August 31, 2016