Let’s face it, we British love to complain about the weather. We get so much of it, and it’s never the same for more than five minutes, which not only gives us an almost endless variety of problems and challenges to combat, it also presents us with something to complain about on an almost daily basis.
But when it comes to young children it is important to make sure that these sudden changes in the weather don’t catch you out. For far too long now we have been coping with strong winds and an endless lashing of rain. But in the last few days we have been able to stop complaining about the incessantly bad weather, and instead start complaining about the unbearably hot and sunny weather.
The real problem though is that the sudden transition from cold, wet weather to hot and sunny weather means that few of us have had the chance to properly acclimatise to the improved conditions. But whilst we may be suffering, it is doubly important to remember that young children find it considerably harder than we do to adapt to sudden changes in temperature.
Remember, very young children don’t sweat, and so it is extremely easy for them to overheat. Not only that, but their skin is incredibly sensitive, and hasn’t been able to effectively develop any form of protection against the harmful UV radiation coming from the sun.
Of course we are all at risk from the heightened levels of UV radiation which causes so much damage to our skin, but children’s skin can damage very much more quickly and easily than ours. Not only is this damage extremely painful and dangerous, but it can also have long lasting effects, including increasing the risk of developing skin cancer many, many years in the future.
Fortunately there are a variety of ways of helping to protect your child from skin damage from the sun, and to help keep them cool in the hot weather, without having to force them to stay inside sitting next to the air-conditioning units. Children can still get outside and enjoy themselves, without being at risk from sun damage or overheating. So let’s have a look at a couple of product ideas you might consider investing in to protect your children.
Car Window Blinds
Cars can get extremely hot, and although sitting in the front you’ve got shades at your disposal, sitting in the back often children are exposed to direct sunlight, sometimes for quite long periods of time. If the sun is very bright and you happen to be driving in a direction which puts the sun on the same side of the car as your child then it can dazzle them as well as potentially damage their skin.
There are a range of car window blinds which can easily be attached to a window in seconds, and which help to shade your child from both the heat of the sun as well as the sunlight itself. This includes the UV radiation which causes damage to skin and eyes.
For children who like to play outdoors, perhaps in paddling pools or even on the beach there are a wide range of UV sunsuits which provide around 75% body cover, offering not only a stylish look, but also high-quality UV protection. The problem with sun lotion and sun cream is that it can rub off very easily if your child is very active. These sunsuits are quick and easy to put on, and are zipped at the back to prevent children from removing them.
Personal UV Monitor
You might possibly have not come across these as they are a fairly new gadget. The personal UV Monitor is a small device which measures the intensity of the sun. By entering data which tells the monitor the user’s skin type, and the level of protection offered by any sun cream applied, the UV monitor is able to measure the UV level and sound an alarm when the safe exposure time is up.
These are just a few of the UV products available today which can help you to protect your child from sun damage. It is critical to appreciate that skin cancer is not something which is unique to adults. In fact research shows that as much as 80% of the damage to skin caused through exposure to sunlight takes place well before the age of 18, and most skin cancers in adults can be traced back to overexposure to UV radiation as a child.
We would never suggest keeping your child indoors throughout the summer in order to keep them safe. It is perfectly possible for your child to enjoy the summer sun and to enjoy playing outside in it. But it is important to make sure that when they are playing outside in the sun, or even simply sitting in a car on a journey which is taking place on a bright, hot, sunny day, your child is safe and protected.
These products are all extremely affordable, convenient and easy-to-use. There are other things that you can use as well of course, but these will help go a long way towards protecting your child not just now, but potentially right through to their adult life.