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The sun is good for children’s health

There is no doubt that the sun is good for children’s health. Sunshine helps synthesize vitamin D, so important for their bones, to absorb calcium and phosphorus correctly, etc. However, prolonged exposure of children to sun may be dangerous, particularly for their delicate skin.

The sun - always in moderation. Too much sun can cause burns, photosensitivity and dermatitis in the short term and skin aging, cataracts, alterations to the immune system and cancer in the long term. Sunburn during childhood increases the chances of developing cancer in adulthood.

Remind your children of the different ways of protecting themselves from the sun

Protect them from the sun and help them adopt healthy habits. Some recommendations for your children are:

To sum up, the sun is a vital part of our lives and is necessary to maintain balance in our bodies, but we must be responsible, particularly with children, when exposed to the sun.

  • Seek adequate shade between 12.00 and 16.00.
  • Avoid them staying in the sun for long periods of time.
  • It is important to protect their eyes with sunglasses.
  • They must use sunshades, hats, baseball caps, T-shirts and so on when in the sun.
  • Only high-factor sun creams protect from the most dangerous sunrays. Apply sun cream after bathing and every two hours.
  • Remember to protect children when doing outdoor activities.
  • They must drink water often. A well-hydrated skin is more protected against the sun’s rays.
  • Babies under the age of six months should not be exposed to direct sun light.