7 Tips For “Sun Blocking Clothing” For Kids

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7 Tips For “Sun Blocking Clothing” For Kids will give you some help with figuring out what your kid needs.

The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), tells us that there are 20 000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year!

Establishing and following safe-sun practices offer us as parents the best ways to protect our kids.

In our efforts to protect them from developing skin cancer later in life, safe sun habits are important

Can Little Kids Get Skin Cancer?

While skin cancer normally takes time to develop, which automatically allows this to be rare in kids there are risks.

Is your child at higher risk? Does your youngster have fair skin, light color hair, or/and eyes? Has there been overexposure to the sun in your child’s history? It only takes a couple of sunburns to raise your child’s risk factor.

Does your child have allergies? If so, they will probably have a higher sensitivity to the sun. Their skin will not heal as quickly and not be as healthy when it does.

What Is Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer grows in the cells of your child’s skin. It can spread to and damage nearby tissue. Skin Cancer is uncontrolled cell growth.

When there is too much sun exposure, the skin cells lose their DNA and can no longer heal properly. The controlling part of the DNA is gone, and can no longer guide your skin cells to reproduce correctly.

As a result, this changed cell continues to replace itself with a defective cell. Soon, the healthy patch in your skin can be replaced with dry, itchy damaged cells. It is little at first, not noticeable.

As time goes by and if there are other over-exposures, the small spot gets larger. It is like having a weak stitch in a garment. Your skin is like a big body bag. It holds everything in place. But now you have a weak spot!

Besides a weak spot, you have cells that don’t replace themselves as they were programmed to do. If this happens before your child is a teen, he isn’t through growing and maturing his skin. This makes for a double threat.

Now you have immature skin with a weak place. This weak place continues to get too much sun. Now we are headed for some issues.

Why Some Kids Have Skin Cancer At A Younger Age.

Skin cancer is very rare in children. All sun exposure during your child’s younger years can increase your child’s risk factors.

Yes, every exposure increases your child’s risk of developing skin cancer as they grow older.

Pediatric melanoma is the most serious skin cancer. Melanoma in children represents only about one percent of all new melanoma cases diagnosed in the United States each year.

However, although still rare, malignant melanoma is the most common skin cancer in children and teens.

It increased by about two percent annually from the 1970s through 2009, primarily in teens. These numbers make us know that kids are getting too much sun.

Newer numbers indicate a slight increase but were not finalized at this time.

It is important that parents become aware so they can help their kids protect themselves from all forms of skin cancer.

How Do You Keep Your Kid From Getting Sunburned?

With awareness of the dangers of too much sun for our kid’s skin, it may seem that there is little we can do but move to a cave and keep the kids in the dark!

For some of us, there will need to be definite changes in lifestyles and how we protect our kid’s skin. What can we add to the daily routine for more protection?

Are you aware of the safer times to be out in the sun for your child? Have you made any effort to see that they are not in the direct sun at the hottest times of the day? The most direct sun-times?

The sun’s rays are harshest between 10 AM and 4 PM from mid-May till the last of Sept. in my part of the world, here in Central Texas. Do you know the most dangerous times for your home?

This is when children should avoid the sun completely.

Your children should never use sunbeds or sunlamps. They increase the risk of melanoma by a whopping 50%. Even for you, as a parent.

You should always apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher on your child when they are outdoors. Your child should also wear their sunglasses and a sun hat.

If your child is outside longer than 2 hours, apply more every time your child swims or uses a towel to dry their body.

Help your child to remember to wear a sun hat with wide a brim. Clothes will also block out those UV rays when on the beach.

After a short time in the sun, your child needs a sun blocking loose-fitting long sleeve shirt.

The first tools of their sun-protecting tool chest. Sunglasses, sun hat, loose-fitting long sleeve shirt, and sunscreen. Sun Blocking lip balm is important as well.

Babies In The Sun Are A No-No

Babies under the age of one should never be exposed to direct sunlight. Their skin is still too new and immature to be able to be in the hotter and more direct sun.

They can’t have sunscreen either. Keep them protected from the direct sun dangers.

Toddlers and young children should wear sunscreen with as high a protection factor as possible.

A wide spectrum with a SPF of 60 sunscreens is available for your little ones. Ther is also a special garment that is UV-protected. The all-in-one swimsuits cover the chest, back, and thighs.

Do Clothes Protect My Baby From The Sun?

Dress your baby in sun-protective clothing, such as a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt and pants.

In addition, make sure your baby always wears a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection. No sunscreen use on children younger than 12 months old.

It will be easier to keep your baby safe if you remember the safer hours for being outside. This may mean some lifestyle changes for you and your family with a new baby. It is an important change.

The manufacturers of sun blocking clothing have done a great job of providing good sun blocking clothing for everyone, babies to grandparents. We all must learn to be more careful of the sun.

Do Clothes Protect Our Skin From Sun Damage?

When you are going to be out in the sun,  cover your skin. Start with your sunglasses and a sun hat.

Sun protection is also provided when you wear regular clothing, without the special finishes and treatments fabric receives to make it sunproof.

Clothes can provide different levels of UV protection :

  • For your regular clothes, the weave of the fabric and the fabric content determine the protection rules. You also consider how worn your regular clothing is.
  • Tightly woven fabrics, darker colors will protect you better.
  • Long-sleeve shirts, long pants or long skirts cover more of your skin. This gives you more protection.

While your regular clothing can provide some protection for your skin, and some is better than nothing.

The newer fabrics with SPF rating and the ability to protect your skin are worth the money as they are so comfortable.

Staying covered while out on hotter days will be harder due to the heat.

You have to wear the clothing to stay protected around the pool, at the beach, or where ever you will be exposed to the sun.

Having the comfortable and fun styles in the sun blocking clothing lines

will make protecting yourself for fun in the sun easy.

What Fabric Is Best For Sun Protection?

Just a quick word about what fabric is best for sun protection when choosing from your regular clothing.

Fabrics that are best at blocking out the sun include:

  • Poluester
  • Nylon
  • Wool

Good blocking comes from:

  • Cotton
  • Rayon
  • Flax
  • Hemp

Can You Get Vitamin D Through A Light Shirt?

Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin. This vitamin is created naturally by your body. It is very important for your children.

Closely monitored exposure is all that is needed, for about 15 to 20 minutes 3 or 4 days a week.

When your skin is exposed directly to the sunshine the process starts automatically.

The direct exposure to certain rays in the light spectrum activates a chemical reaction that leads to vitamin D production in our bodies.

The only way for this to work, however, is for sunlight to reach your skin directly. Wearing sunscreen or even a light shirt can limit your skin’s ability to produce vitamin D.

So limited exposure is all that is needed to help your kids produce the vitamin their bodies need for healthy bones. Kids and adults need this limited exposure.

This is one of the few vitamins that your body can store. So the 3 – 4 times a week are enough.

5 Things You Can Wear To Protect Yourself From The Sun

A review, do you remember the 5 things you can wear to protect yourself from the sun?

To help protect your skin from the sun, dermatologists recommend wearing the following items:

  • Lightweight and long-sleeved shirts and pants. It’s important to cover up as much of your skin as possible when spending time outdoors.
  • Sunglasses with UV protection. The sun damage starts adding up early for our eyes. Getting your kids into regular sunglasses wear can delay problems related to the sun.
  • A wide-brimmed hat. As the sun hits you first on the head, it makes sense that a hat is one of the early and most important defences that we need.
  • Kids need to learn to wear their hats to protect them while young.
  • Sunscreen
  • Shoes that cover your feet. I know this makes one to many hints, but it is important, especially with little kids as they blister their feet eaisly.

Do Masks Block UV Rays?

If your UPF masks are densely woven to help block UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the fabric and reaching your skin, they may block the sun’s rays.

Think of it as the SPF scale but for clothing—if a mask has a UPF factor of 50, it blocks 98 percent of UV rays.

There are some companies making and selling actual sun blocking masks. These would be considered safe for you and your kids.

As you are moving into the world of SPF fabrics and clothing, read labels.

Know which ones need to skip the dryer and go on a hanger to dry.

It is also important to know if your fabric is still sunproof when wet.

Learn How To Protect Your Skin
Sami’s Take On 7 Tips For “Sun Blocking Clothing” For Kids

Sun blocking clothing for kids is important for their skin protection. As the Ozone continues to disappear, there will be less protection for our skin.

Protecting our kid’s skin from the sun should start early in life. Skin cancer keeps increasing and our kids will find themselves in the risky category for the sun.

Staying safe in the sun will require some lifestyle changes for most of us. We can do a better job of keeping our young kids safe.

Wearing our sun blocking clothing will give us a chance to have fewer problems with our skin. Your kids can get in the habit while young of taking a few protective steps and having healthier skin.

Wearing their sunglasses and sun hats. Adding a long sleeve loose-fitting shirt, and pants, with sunscreen all add up to make it safer to have fun in the sun.

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