Summer is here at last!!!
It’s time to relax, enjoy the great outdoors and top up on our vitamin D.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent years sunbathing, drinking, BBQing, generally loving summer and holidays! But once I became a mum that all changed! Suddenly I can’t lie in the sun for hours, reading a good book, blending in my tan lines and casually dipping into the pool to cool off before reapplying my sun lotion (in my mind I obviously look like a bikini model on a photo shoot doing all of this!).
Having a BBQ on a whim with a nice jug of Pimms is a thing of the past, its now military precision and endless distractions for the kids because of the now dangerously hot BBQ, we’re now scared they’re going to run head first into, touch, play with, etc etc. Suddenly I’m a Sun Lotion Ninja Mum! Discreetly apply it while they get dressed, distract them with a lolly while I re-apply after lunch, re-apply around the pool on holiday while we pretend that we really must do a sand castle competition, right now while the lotion absorbs. Give them a quick squirt as you go past just because you can’t remember if you got that spot or not before they ran off.
So, here are a few top tips to consider so that you enjoy the sunshine safely with your little one:
- Put a hat on your little one, even wear one yourself if it encourages them to copy;
- Spend time in the shade between 11am-3pm. It’s bound to be lunchtime or nap time at some point so its the perfect opportunity;
- Drink plenty of fluids and enjoy an ice lolly to keep hydrated;
- Always use sun screen with a UVA logo of at least 4 stars and a UVB of minimum factor 15 but preferably much higher;
- Check the expiry date of your sun screen as it only has a shelf life of 2-3yrs;
- Avoid extreme physical exertion.
If your child does get sunburn please seek medical attention as their skin is much more sensitive than ours, especially around the face, hands, feet and genitals.
If your child does touch the BBQ apply cold running water immediately and again, seek medical attention. If the skin blisters, do not pop the blister!
All of the Daisy First Aid instructors cover burns in our 2hr Parents First Aid classes where we can go into much more detail about types of burns and how to treat them.
Have a wonderful start to summer, and the irony that I type this whilst it is drizzling outside is not lost on me.