Sun Safety in a Heatwave

Children and sun protection

Take extra care to protect babies and children, their skin is much more sensitive than adults, and damage caused by repeated exposure to sunlight could lead to skin cancer developing in later life. Children aged under 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight. 

From March to October and in particular during the summer months, children should:

  • Cover up with suitable clothing
  • Spend time in the shade, particularly from 11 am to 3 pm
  • Apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet, and backs of hands.
  • Using a minimum SPF30 sunscreen

NHS Tips on staying cool in a Heatwave

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