It’s important to protect kids from the sun, but many parents may not know how. The American Academy of Ophthalmology notes that as many as one in four children will develop a sun-related eye disease by age 18 if they’re not wearing sunglasses or other protective eyewear outdoors. That is why we want you to make sure your kids are buckling up and scanning their environment for safety!
The key word here is “sun.” Adults are told to wear UV-protective clothing with SPF 30 sunscreen when they head outside; children need protection too. Only 20% of adults use sunglasses on an annual basis .
Each child should wear a hat with an elastic sweatband to help keep their skin cool as well as long-sleeved shirts and pants if possible (kids will be more likely to take off these clothes when outdoors). Proper clothing is important because it can prevent burns too! If you’re unsure about what your children need in regards use this guide: Kids Outerwear Guide.
Layering is key
Make sure to layer your child’s clothes appropriately in cold or warm weather. Most people relate layering with cold weather but appropriate layering in the summer can actually help your kids stay cool and provide protection from UV rays. When they get hot, make sure to remove a layer of insulation as needed – like their jacket when it’s not so windy outside. Even if you’re heading to the beach, most children’s bathing suits now come with built in UV protection.
Children have more sensitive eyes than adults so it’s important that their sunglasses or glasses provide appropriate UV protection (e.g., lenses with 99% UVA & B sun coverage). Otherwise, parents should use protective eyewear like goggles/sunglasses and hats when out in the sun for an extended amount of time.
The Sun is Strong!
Remember that the sun can be very strong, so it’s important to wear sunscreen and a hat when outdoors – even if it feels like an overcast day. Clouds can be deceptive and UV rays can still penetrate.
Additionally, sunglasses can help protect kids from the sun’s harmful rays and should be worn anytime children are outside to avoid possible eye damage. The best lenses for kids’ glasses will have UV protection at a minimum and it is advised that parents invest in both their child’s prescription as well as non-prescription sunglasses.
Kid’s sunglasses come in a number of different shapes and sizes and not all Kid’s sunglasses are made equal. Some Kid’s sunglasses are just for decoration and aren’t made with high quality lenses that protect against UV radiation. Other kids’ sunglasses, like those from Solar Shield, offer a wide array of styles to choose from including prescription glasses or frames in bright colors and sports-themed designs.
A good pair of kids’ sunglasses can help them feel more confident about their appearance while protecting their eyes! Most Kids sunglasses brands offer two types of kids’ glasses: novelty kid’s sunglasses (which we call ‘fashion collection’) and functional child safety eyewear – which is what most people think of as shades for children. Some sunglasses are even purpose built – for active lifestyles such as running around on a sunny day at the park
Make sure kids have enough fluids by providing water or juice in an insulated container for them to carry their drinks. Avoid sugary drinks that could actually dehydrate your kids, and stick with water. Providing a container means they can drink when they feel thirsty and allows them to take some control over their own safety. And since we’re talking about drinks, make sure kids have a healthy, balanced snack before they head out to the playground or go biking with friends.
Do you know what time it is?
As the seasons change, so too does the amount of daylight in the sky. Protecting your kids means being aware. Be aware of what time it is – especially during winter months, the sun sets earlier than you might think!
Time flies when you’re having fun, so make sure kids are in the know about time too. Knowing how to read a clock and understanding what an analog or digital display actually means will help them avoid any potential trouble down the road.
As always, be smart & stay safe out there – online, at home and outdoors!