Sun Safety Tips
Think Prevention! Limit the Sun, not the fun!
Before kids go out in the sun, remember “Slip Slop Slap & Wrap”:
- Slip on a shirt
- Slop on sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, reapply every 2 hours or if the child has been in the water or sweating. Every application should equal approximately 1 ounce.
- Slap on a brimmed hat
- Wrap on a pair of sunglasses
What to do if your child gets a sunburn:
- Remove the child from the sun immediately.
- Place the child in a cool (not cold) shower or bath, or apply cool compresses several times a day.
- Offer the child extra fluids for the next 2-3 days.
- Give the child ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed, if needed, to relieve pain.
- Make sure all sunburned areas are fully covered to protect the child from the sun until healed.
Call a Doctor if the child has:
- A sunburn that forms blisters or is extremely painful.
- Facial swelling from a sunburn.
- A sunburn that covers a large area.
- Fever or chills after getting a sunburn.
- Headache, confusion or a feeling of faintness.
- Signs of dehydration (increased thirst, or dry eyes and mouth).
- Signs of infection on the skin (increasing redness, warmth, pain, swelling or pus).
Did you know?
- More than 90% of skin cancers are the result of sun exposure.
- Much of your child’s lifetime sun exposure can occur before they graduate from high school.
- All people, regardless of skin or eye color, are equally at risk for eye damage from overexposure to the sun.
- The ozone layer is thinner than it was 25 years ago. More harmful UV rays are now able to reach the Earth.
- The sun’s rays are the strongest between 10 am and 4pm.
- For more information visit: www.epa.gov/sunwise