Children and sun – Practical information for parents
Most parents know that it is important to be careful when going out in the sun with their children – at least in theory. But in practice, it is often a struggle to get children to put sunscreen on, play in the shade or wear a sun hat. We have put together some ideas that might help you make sun protection part of your everyday routine.
Sunscreen can prevent painful sunburn. This alone is a good enough reason to protect children from too much sun. Sunscreen is particularly helpful if it is not possible to use other kinds of sun protection, such as shade or clothing. But a lot of children do not like having sunscreen put on. Many kick and scream until you feel like giving up. The following ideas might help make things easier:
- Routine: Make putting sunscreen on a part of your routine, for instance whenever you leave the house or whenever you are in a certain place.
- Play: Put dots on your child’s skin or draw a picture with the sunscreen before rubbing it in.
- Sunscreen competition: The first person to finish putting their sunscreen on can go outside or into the water first.
- Child-friendly design: Use sunscreen specifically designed for children, for example with colorful pictures on the packaging. Colored or nice-smelling sunscreens might help too.
- Sprays instead of lotions: Children might find sprays more fun.
- Parents first: Put your own sunscreen on first. A lot of children like to copy what other people do.