Having just returned from a fabulous holiday in Mexico, it is easy to underestimate the power of the sun!
The sun’s UV rays can quickly damage our skin, even on a cloudy day.
To avoid sunburn:
- Always ensure everyone is wearing appropriate sunscreen and apply liberally over face and body. Re-apply as indicated and particularly if you are sweating profusely or swimming.
- Take particular care if swimming or boating as water intensifies the sun’s rays
- Dress in tightly woven opaque clothes (ideally with a sun factor rating)
- Regularly go indoors or move into shade.
- Avoid being in the sun between 11:00 am and 3:00pm, when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Wear a hat, ideally with an SPF factor, wide brim and ear cover.
- Protect your eyes with good quality sunglasses
- Protect little ones in the car and buggy too and invest in sun shades –
- Never leave children or animals in cars on hot days.
If someone is sunburnt they may need medical attention:
First Aid: Cool under a tepid shower for at least 20 minutes, or apply repeated cool wet towels for 15 minutes. When completely cooled, apply neat Aloe Vera gel to the affected area, this will soothe, reduce swelling and promote healing. Take paracetamol if necessary and seek Medical advice if concerned.
Continually encourage little ones to drink lots of water as dehydration can quickly lead to heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion can come on suddenly following exposure to the sun, you may have a raised temperature, feel sick, dizzy, have a headache, or stomach ache and could faint or collapse.
First Aid: They need to re-hydrate fast, ideally with Dioralyte, water or an isotonic sports drink. Seek medical advice.
Key advice: Use ample sunscreen, appropriate clothing and drink lots! Enjoy the summer!