Moms In Motion: Spring Break Safety For the Whole Family

Sun Safety for Babies

• Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight.

• It is okay to apply a small amount of sunscreen on infants under 6 months if there is no way to avoid the sun. Remember it takes 15-30 minutes to be effective.

• Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs, and use brimmed hats.

Sun Safety for Kids

• Make sure to choose sunscreen that is made for children, preferably waterproof....test it first, for an allergic reaction.

• Select clothes made of tightly woven fabrics. Cotton clothing is both cool and protective.

• If your child gets sunburn that results in blistering, pain or fever, contact your pediatrician.

Sun Safety for the Family

• The sun's rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to keep out of the sun during those hours.

• The sun's damaging UV rays can bounce back from sand, snow or concrete; so be particularly careful of these areas.

• Most of the sun's rays can come through the clouds on an overcast day; so use sun protection even on cloudy days.

General Beach Tips

• Drink plenty of water, non-carbonated and non-alcoholic drinks, even if you do not feel thirsty.

• Never swim alone.

• Be aware of rip currents. If you should get caught in one, don't try to swim against it. Swim parallel to shore until clear of the current.

• Seek shelter in case of storm. Get out of the water. Get off the beach in case of lightning.

• Watch out for traffic, some beaches allow cars.

For more spring break safety tips, click here.

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