As a mom, I know how terrible I felt whenever my kids got sunburned. I felt like I failed them and they didn’t deserve this form of punishment. With this in mind, I started to research ways to keep my kids protected. I learned a lot about sunscreen and the best way to prevent sunburn. I also learned about treating sunburn to help my kids deal with sunburn and heal the quickest way possible. Here’s my guide to making it through the summer with sunscreen free kids.

You need to use sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 with UVA and UVB protection.

Even if it cloudy outside it is important to apply a sunscreen, that is safe for your kids and SPF 30 or higher. It’s vital to get protection against UVA and UVB sun rays. Every time you get sunburned you have an increased risk of developing skin cancer. It’s important to protect yourself and your children every time you go outside.

If your kids are swimming you still need to apply waterproof sunscreen and reapply.

I learned this lesson the hard way when I was a kid. It’s actually easier to get sunburned when you’re in the water because the sun rays are magnified. I guess, as kids, we just thought we are nice and cool in the water, why would we need sunscreen. Suffice it to say, we had pretty severe sunburn, which was extremely painful. Protect your kids when they are swimming. Be sure to, apply a waterproof sunscreen often enough to stop sunburn from happening.

Don’t forget to protect your kid’s eyes from Sunburn.

It’s important to protect your kid’s eyes from harmful sun rays, as well. The damaging sun rays increase your chances of developing cataracts later in life. Protect your kid’s vision by having them wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection.

If your kids get sunburned here are some tips to treat it.

  • Soothe the sting of sunburned with a cool bath.
  • Use Aloe Vera or calamine lotion to help keep the burning pain down.
  • If the burn is itchy use hydrocortisone cream, remind your kids not to scratch as this can introduce infection into an open area in the skin.
  • Don’t use antibiotics ointment or petroleum jelly products.
  • If the burn is severe, with blisters, check in with the doctor. Be sure not to break the blisters because this can lead to infection, as well.

If you protect your kids every time they’re outside with SPF 30 sunscreen and apply about every 2 hours, you greatly minimize the chance of sunburn occurring. Make sure your kids apply waterproof sunscreen when they are swimming. Don’t forget to protect your family’s eyes and vision with 100% sunglasses. Treat sunburn basically like any other burn and follow up with your doctor if the sunburn develops blisters. Being diligent against sunburn will help your kids make it through the summer sunburn free.

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