Being sensible in hot weather and having sun-smart habits can help reduce the risk of skin cancer and protect children from sunburn, heat stroke, heat rash, dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and eye damage.
What you can do
- Be a role model by wearing a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and clothing that covers your shoulders, arms and legs
- Use broad-spectrum water-resistant sunscreen rated SPF30+ or higher on areas not protected by clothing
- Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapply sunscreen every two hours
- Try to stay in the shade between 10am and 2pm (11am and 3pm daylight saving hours)
- Take more care when near highly reflective surfaces, such as water and snow
- Encourage kids to drink water regularly and avoid vigorous activity in hot weather
- Make sure a sick baby or child drinks extra fluids in hot weather
- Avoid exposing a baby to direct sunlight and provide shade when travelling in a car
- Never leave a baby or child alone in a car
- Seek urgent medical attention if a child in your care shows signs of heat stroke
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