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The sun delights both children and their parents. To safely enjoy it, stringent precautionary measures should be taken.
In summer, we love to have fun, take a stroll, or spend time with family under the warm sun. There are so many ways to appreciate the wonders of nature: the sweet smell of grass, a butterfly in flight, games in the sand, the rustling sound of the wind in the trees, etc. Be careful however, summer also has its share of risks for both children and adults and being aware of this can save you a lot of worry.
Exposure to the sun can represent a threat to anyone’s health, but especially for babies and young children. Their thin and sensitive skin is more vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. Among other things, they are more at risk of having immediate complications to too much sun, such as sunburn and heatstroke.
Moreover, repeated or excessive sunburns and sun exposure before the age of 19 leads to cellular damage to the skin, which greatly increases the risk of skin cancer in the long-term. Consequently, all small children, even those with very dark skin, need maximum sun protection.
Here are a few measures you can take to reduce your child’s sun exposure:
There are a number of sun protection products available on the market: creams, mousse, sprays, etc. With such a large array of products, it can be difficult to make a choice. Your pharmacist is always available to give you tips when selecting a product and about sun protection in general. Don’t hesitate to talk to him/her.
Nonetheless, here is some criteria you should base your sunscreen choice on for your little one. Choose a formulation that:
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about sun protection and the products intended for this use.
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