You need to protect your child from sun with proper child swim wear and sunscreen in addition to the following pool safety tips.
Remember, teaching your child how to swim DOES NOT mean your child is safe in water.
The sun may seem like a summertime friend, but without the right protection it can also be our children's enemy. Blistering sunburns double the chance of developing malignant melanoma (skin cancer) later in life. So if we want to protect our children from the sun's damage then we need to use more than just sunscreen, explains dermatologist Dr. G. Daniel Schacter. "Sunscreens are important, but when trying to protect a child remember they need a hat with a wide brim and we need to cover their skin with as much clothing as possible. Whatever isn't covered you should cover with sunscreen."
Dr. Schacter says there are times when it's best for all children to avoid the sun altogether. "From 11 to 4, the exposure to sun is greatest and if possible children should play indoors as long as possible. If they have to play outdoors, protect them."
When it comes to the strength of the sunscreen, look for a higher SPF. "SPF stands for sun protection factor. Sunscreens are rated from two to fifty. The higher the rating, the greater the protection. If it's a SPF of fifteen it means they can play fifteen times as long in the sun without burning. That's a guide. You shouldn't spend fifteen times as long in the sun." For best protection, use 100% all natural sunscreen.
You can find a variety of Sun Protective Child Swim Wear here.
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