Protect Your Children
UV : A major threat for children
Children are particularly vulnerable to UV light . As they spend more time outdoors than adults, your kids are more exposed to UV damages than you. Annual exposure of a child is on average 3 times higher than that of adults.
Moreover, children’s pupils are larger and their crystalline are clearer. As a result they do not adequately filter UV rays, absorbing more harmful UV radiation*
The developing eyes of children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of UVA and UVB rays. Protect them carefully.
80% of all UV exposure occurs before the age of 18 !
* Pleasance ED, Cheetham RK, Stephens PJ, et al. A comprehensive catalogue of somatic mutations from a human cancer genome. Nature; 2009; 463:191-196
5 UV tips for children
- Seek Shade !
Avoid sun exposure during the sun’s peak hours. Explain the “shadow rule” to your kids: short shadows = seek shade. When shadows are shorter than objects throwing them, they should avoid direct sunlight.
- Cover up !
Teach your kids good sun protection habits. For their outdoors activities, always cover them up with clothing + a broad-brimmed hat + sunscreen + UV protective sunglasses.
Children need protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays whenever they’re outdoors. Not only in full sunlight. UV rays are invisible and insidious : they can come through the clouds, reflect on the sand, or demultiplicate on the water. Don’t forget to protect your children’s eyes and skin everyday.
- Keep newborns out of the sun
Infants under 6 months should be kept out of direct sun as much as possible. Their skin is not yet protected by melanin and their eyes are particularly fragile.
- Choose wisely !
For their skin, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. For their eyes, make sure their eyeglasses filter both UVB and UVA rays. In summer, choose sunglasses that wrap around for maximum protection. On corrective glasses, look for the best UV protection. Ask your eye-care professional about E-SPF.