June 13th, 2011
Warm temps and the bright, long days are here! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for this weather through a very long winter. But now that we’re spending more time playing in the sun, it’s definitely to time to take some extra precautions.
Before we head outside for the day, I cover my kids in sunscreen, and then I make sure to reapply multiple times throughout the day. I want to be sure to protect their skin from the dangers of the sun, whether it is painful sunburns today, or the risks of skin cancer down the road.
In addition to protecting their skin, I am very careful to shield their eyes from the bright UV rays. My oldest loves sunglasses so much so that we just picked up her new prescription sunglasses!
Of course, I do need to set a good example, so not only do I put on sunscreen and sunglasses, but I am sure to wear a cool hat or visor for days in the sun also.
Be sure your patients and their families understand the risks of the sun, and the affects to their skin and eyes. Hand out a UV Safe Indicating Card, making it easy to understand how intense the UV rays are, and one of many sun protection items so they are prepared for their outdoor activities all summer long!