We all know how dangerous too much sun exposure can be, especially for babies and small children. Even in mild climates (such as the UK), a child's skin can burn in less than 15 minutes. So, here are some points to bear in mind:
- Sun can burn from early spring not just in high summer.
- The sun's rays can penetrate the clouds and light, cotton clothing.
- Babies and children in cars need to be kept cool and well shaded from the rays coming through the glass.
- Apply a special baby sunscreen to any exposed parts of your little one's skin.
- Cover your baby up in a sun hat and protective clothing.
- Sun protective fabrics are given a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), which shows the level of protection the fabric provides from the sun's ultra- violet rays (UV). The higher the UPF, the better the protection.
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