Outdoor Sun Safety Tips

A young person's skin is more susceptible to UV radiation damage and can burn easily.

Sun exposure in the first 10 years of life affects your child’s lifetime potential for Skin Cancer. It is therefore imperative that you take precautions to protect your family from this risk.

The Skin and Cancer Foundation Australia, together with Outlook promote the following sun-safe practices:

  1. Apply SPF30+ broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapply every 2 hours. For babies look for a sunscreen labelled as sensitive for young children.
  2. Try to cover as much of your child’s skin as possible, with lightweight, loose clothing.
  3. Seek shade whenever possible and use a good quality, recognized stroller shade.
  4. Choose a broad-brimmed hat that protects your child’s face, head, neck and ears.
  5. Avoid being in sunlight between 10am and 2pm (11am to 3pm during daylight savings) when the sun is at its hottest. Remember that while clouds block out sunlight, they do not block UV radiation.
  6. To prevent long term eye damage, use good quality sunglasses that are a close fitting, wrap around style. While in a stroller, use a shade cover with a UPF50+ drop down section that shields the eyes.
  7. UV rays can enter through the side windows of a car so use a car shade that covers the whole window.

Be sun-safe everyday and be a good role model.