Safety reminders – how to stop children from getting sunburn
Of course, everyone who’s exposed to UV light is at risk of getting sunburn, but children are more vulnerable than others.
Data from the International Burn Injury Database (iBID)
146 children were admitted to an NHS Burns Service experiencing sunburn in 2023. This does not include the likely hundreds more who were treated in A&E departments for other sun-related conditions, such as heat stroke or dehydration.
Sun safety for babies and children
Advice from the NHS is for children aged under 6 months to be kept out of direct strong sunlight.
From March to October in the UK, children should:
- cover up with suitable clothing
- spend time in the shade, particularly from 11am to 3pm
- wear at least SPF30 sunscreen
Apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands.
For further guidance on how to keep babies and children save in the sun, visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/seasonal-health/sunscreen-and-sun-safety.
A&E nurse, Clare, explains how to be sun safe by applying factor 50 and always wearing a hat.
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