Should you be planning a holiday in Europe this summer, it is important to pack a valid European Health Insurance Card. However, it is equally important to protect your children from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Research shows that those who experience sunburn at a young age are more likely to develop skin cancer later in life. Follow these simple tips to prevent sunburn and take care of your child’s skin.
It may seem like an obvious one as most parents will know how important applying sun cream is in hot weather though unfortunately not everyone gets the application process right. Make sure you buy sun cream that has at least an SPF of 15. It’s important that you choose one that protects against UVA and UVB rays as both are harmful and not all creams do so. Apply a thick layer of cream at least half an hour before being exposed to the sun. Make sure to cover any area of exposed skin as it is very easy to forget places such as ears nose and tops of feet. Remember to top up the cream on a regular basis especially after swimming.
Making sure your child wears a sunhat is the best way to protect their scalp which burns very easily. Try to get a hat that covers the neck as well as the face. All of these areas catch the sun a lot.
Pack loose-fitting, lightweight clothing for your children; they are ideal when out and about exploring on your holiday. We can catch the sun so easily when we are out having fun and not even notice. Wearing lightweight clothing is the best way to cover up exposed areas of your child’s skin and will put your mind at ease knowing they are protected.
It is advisable to keep your kids out of the sun at the hottest part of the day. This is normally between the hours of 11am and 3pm. If you do decide to venture out, try to keep your children in the shade as much as possible as the sun will be at its strongest. If you are travelling with a baby under the age of 6 months, make sure they are never exposed to direct sunlight at any time. Always keep a sunshade on them.
Protecting your children’s eyes against the effects of direct sunlight is just as important as protecting their skin. Check to make sure the sunglasses you take meet the British standards. You can do this by looking for a CE mark on the glasses. These should be worn at all times when outside in the sun.
Sunburn can be very painful and cause a lot of harmful skin conditions for years afterwards. Following these simple steps will protect your children. However, it is always advised to take your valid EHIC with you on your travels. You can apply by searching for ‘apply EHIC‘ and using our website. This means that, should your child need any medical attention or treatment, you will gain easy access to free treatment throughout Europe.