Summer and Sun Safety

Sun Safety Tips

  • Protect your child’s skin at all times, and try to stay indoors or in the shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
  • If you have to go out in the sun without protective clothing, use sunscreen. Do not forget to apply it to ears, nose, and neck.
  • Sunscreen is intended to enhance protection during periods of sun exposure – not to increase time of sun exposure.
  • Do not wait for signs of sunburn to get your child out of the sun, Sunburns do not usually show up for 6 to 24 hours.
  • A tan does not provide enough protection against the sun’s rays. Actually, having a tan means that your skin has been damaged already by UV radiation.
  • Teach children to be “sun-smart” and to protect themselves against exposure to the sun.
  • Encourage your child to drink plenty of water.
  • Indoor tanning beds and/or sun lamps are regulated by provincial law that does not allow children under 18 years old to use them. At any age, these devices damage your skin the same way UV radiation from the sun does.

 

Heat Safety Tips

When recognized early most mild heat-related illnesses can be treated at home. Note that mild heat exhaustion does not cause changes in mental alertness. Consult a health care provider about changes in mental alertness in someone who has been in the heat, has been exercising, or working in the heat.
Home treatment for mild heat exhaustion may include:

  • moving to a cooler environment;
  • drinking plenty of cool, non-alcoholic fluids;
  • resting;
  • taking a cool shower or bath; and
  • wearing lightweight clothing.

 

Swimmer's Itch

Swimmer's itch is a temporary, itchy rash caused by small worm-like parasites called schistosomes, whose larvae may float on the surface of the water in weed infested lakes and sloughs.  Sometimes larvae might mistakenly get on your skin if you are swimming or wading in water. The larvae burrow under your skin, however, they cannot survive in humans and will die almost immediately. It is the reaction to these tiny larvae under the skin that causes swimmer’s itch.

How to avoid swimmer's itch:

  • Apply waterproof sunscreen before swimming. This may help reduce the number of larvae from penetrating your skin.
  • Dry yourself off with a towel as soon as you come out of the water. If possible, have a shower and dry off right away.

 

For more information: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/

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