Sun Safety Tips For Kids

By Gold Coast Mum - in partnership with Turner Freeman Gold Coast

Gone are the days of sitting by the pool/ on the beach lathering ourselves in baby oil to get burnt to a crisp that perfect tan.
These days, most parents are much more aware of the dangers of sun damage and are leading by example and are covering up when out in the sun.

With Australia, and particularly Queensland, recognised as the skin cancer capital of the world, the chances of knowing someone who will at some stage need medical treatment as a direct result from sun damage is high. And it is not only the sun lovers who put themselves at risk.

People who work outdoors to make a living are increasingly finding themselves in financial difficulties after being diagnosed with skin cancer.

In these cases, their medical condition can be directly attributed to their work and they may be entitled to some compensation. If you or a loved one finds yourself in this situation, legal professionals, such as Turner Freeman Gold Coast may be able to provide advice on accessing superannuation benefits such as Income Protection, Total and Permanent Disablement (TPD) or Terminal Illness Cover.

Of course, the best cure is prevention, and when it comes to skin cancer, it is best to start sun damage awareness at an early age. 


My little ones usually stick to the old ‘no hat no play’ rule that I had to abide by when I was at school. And, thanks to some cool dude sunglasses picked up at the local markets, Miss 4 and Mr 2 also like wearing sunnies to protect their eyes.


Here are some tips to make sure your kids are sun aware.

Advise, Instruct and Nag
Normally, no one likes a nag, but when it comes to the very young you can’t overstate the importance of sun safety awareness.
Have conversations with your children from an early age about the dangers of getting sunburnt, and don’t hide the more serious aspects of the disease. 
But to ensure you don’t scare them off going outside all together, temper the more nasty side with the health benefits of sun exposure as long as the proper safety precautions are taken. 

Slip, Slop, Slap
The incredibly successful sun cancer awareness campaign to ‘slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat’ is as relevant today as it was when it first came out in 1980.
In 2007 the slogan was updated to add the words ‘seek’ and ‘slide’, referring to seeking shade and sliding on wrap-around sun-safe sunglasses. Make sure your children follow these ‘rules’ before they go out and play.

Avoid Play in the Middle of the Day
If you are going to take your kids to the beach or park to play, take them earlier in the day or later in the afternoon. The sun is at its hottest with the strongest UV rays between the hours of 10am and 4pm, and should be avoided during this period.

Be Sun Prepared Before You Go
Don’t leave it too late to slap on the sunscreen.
Some parents believe they are doing the right thing by applying the cream when they get to the beach and immediately letting the little one out into the sun. It usually takes 10 to 15 minutes for the sunscreen to take effect, so if you apply it immediately before play there is a large time gap for the sun to do its damage before the protection kicks in.
Either apply the screen before you leave home, or keep the children in the shade for 15 minutes after application, or until you are sure the sunscreen is doing its job.
Getting a daily dose of the sun is good for us but, like everything else, you can have too much of a good thing. Instil in your children from an early age the importance of being sun aware and, hopefully, they can grow into adults with healthy skin and an awareness they can in turn pass on to their own children.

What are your rules when it comes to sun safety?

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