Back to School Sunscreen?

While the hot season advances, our kids love to spend time outside, even while at school.

It is actually very common for school students to spend more time outdoors during the first weeks os school to attend various activities, including PE classes or even simple recess.

In many schools, students are not allowed to use sunscreen or wear a hat outdoors. This actually could increase their potential for sunburns. However, in many cases, parents have the option to resort to a form to be signed by a physician, in order to allow their kids to use sunscreen at school. We strongly recommend taking the necessary steps forward to make this happen!

Even only 15 minutes under the hot sun can actually cause severe sunburn in children. This is the reason why parents should always be cautious and make sure that their children stay protected with the proper application of sunscreen. Many schools and educational institutions also organized field trips and other extracurricular activities during summer, to take advantage of the good weather.

A little sunburn? It’s probably no big deal!

Sunburns can be painful and annoying, but there’s more to the story than just a little bit of wear and tear affecting your kid’s skin. Though it doesn’t sound like a big deal, sunburns can actually be very dangerous because they expose your child to the risk of skin cancer. The UV rays of the sun can damage the layers of the skin, exposing sensitive tissue to dangerous radiations.

Children have a particularly sensitive skin and therefore, it is very important to make sure to protect it. Applying sunscreen a little bit before going outside under the sun should be instilled in them as a habit, just in the same way you teach your children the day need to brush their teeth before bedtime!

Thankfully, sunscreen is sold in many shapes and forms. There are many brands that sell high-quality sunscreen in compact bottles, which can be easily carried in a pocket without too much hassle for your child. Some companies even target kids specifically with fun designs and cool packaging that makes sunscreen more appealing to them!

In conclusion, sunburns should not be taken lightly. Wearing sunscreen is a very simple remedy to ensure a safer summer for your kid and dramatically reduce the risk of skin cancer and other issues!

Laurie has 20 years of experience in Pediatric nursing. Currently she is an ER travel nurse and loves it. A proud mother of a 19 year old daughter who is approaching her second year at the University of Arkansas. She loves to travel, spend time with her daughter, and friends. Hobbies include snorkeling, fishing, and promoting the safety of children!