Stay Safe This Summer
Remember a few basics for the kids as they head outside to play.
May 22, 2012
As summer approaches and the temperature rises, we all need to remember a few basics for the kids as they head outside to play. Skin cancer is the most common cancer. Most skin cancer occurs due to sunburns before the age of 18, so it’s important to prevent your child from getting sunburned by apply screen frequently. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. That number tells you how long you can stay in the sun without getting sunburned. If the sunscreen’s SPF is 15, then that means you can stay in the sun 15 times longer before you risk getting sunburn. Even water proof sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 4-6 hours. Sunburns that damage skin cells today may mutate into cancer cells later in life. Your child will thank you later!
Dehydration is always a concern here in New Mexico. Replace water lost through sweat is important during the summer months. Have your children drink WATER. It’s the best way to replace those fluids lost. Cokes and sugary juices may actually help to dehydrate your child. Bring the kids in for a cool glass of water at least every 45 minutes while outdoors. Watch for nausea and headaches, these are signs of dehydration. Have a safe summer and see you in the fall!