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Staying Safe in the Sun this Summer

As parents, we want our children to enjoy the great outdoors and soak up the joys of summer. However, it’s crucial to prioritize their sun safety to protect their delicate skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. Great Wolf is here with important tips and guidelines to ensure that your kids can have fun in the sun while staying protected and healthy.

Apply Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a vital tool in shielding your child’s skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30. Apply it generously to all exposed areas of your child’s skin, including the face, ears, neck, arms, and legs. Don’t forget often overlooked areas like the back of the neck and tops of the feet. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if your child has been swimming or sweating.

Seek Shade

Encourage your child to seek shade during the sun’s peak hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If they are playing outside, suggest shady spots like under trees or covered areas. Utilize beach umbrellas or canopies at the park or beach to provide additional shade. Remember that shade doesn’t offer complete protection from UV rays, so combine it with other sun safety measures.

Dress Appropriately

Covering up your child’s skin with protective clothing is an effective way to minimize sun exposure. Dress them in lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that covers their arms and legs. Choose tightly woven fabrics that offer better protection. Wide-brimmed hats that shade the face, neck, and ears are essential. Sunglasses with UV protection are also important for safeguarding their eyes from harmful rays.

Eye Protection

UV radiation can damage the eyes, leading to long-term consequences. Ensure your child wears sunglasses that provide 100% UV protection. Look for sunglasses specifically designed for children that are durable and have impact-resistant lenses. Encourage them to wear sunglasses during outdoor activities, especially in bright sunlight.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is essential for overall well-being, especially during hot summer days. Encourage your child to drink plenty of fluids, primarily water, to prevent dehydration. Pack a water bottle for outings and remind them to drink regularly, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Offer hydrating fruits and vegetables as snacks, such as watermelon and cucumber, which can help maintain hydration levels.

Sun safety is of utmost importance when it comes to protecting our children’s skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation.

At Great Wolf Lodge’s indoor water park, your family can stay safe from harmful UV rays and the discomfort of the summer sun by enjoying our heated resort. Find a lodge near you to book now!

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