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Sun Protection

What is Sunburn?

Sunburn can occur at any time when the sun is shining. However, there is also a risk of getting burned by the sun in other weather conditions. For example, sunlight reflecting off the water can also cause sunburn. A cloudy sky or breeze may make you feel cooler, but sunlight can still get through and damage your skin.

Treatment:

Auge Sunburned skin belongs in the shade! (if this is not possible, cover affected skin with thick clothing)

Auge drink plenty of fluids (water or tea)

Auge take cooling showers (not when blisters have formed)

Auge use cooling lotions, creams and gels (only if skin is intact)

Auge NEVER open blisters, they might become infected!

Did you know that you can sunburn your eyes?

The symptoms include redness or irritation, tearing, pain, a gritty feeling almost like there's sand in your eyes, blurry vision and temporary vision loss. People often mistakenly believe they've got too much chlorine or salt water in their eyes when in fact they have sun burned eyes.

Wear sunglasses and make sure they block 99 to 100 per cent of UV-A and UV-B (check for CE mark).

Learn how to treat burns and much more by taking one of our Medical First Aid courses where you will be trained to administer first aid to the victim whilst awaiting the arrival of medical emergency services.

You should consult a doctor if:

Auge babies or toddlers have sunburn

Auge large skin areas have been burned

Auge fever, blisters or strong pain occurs

Auge you show signs of heat stroke (headache, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting)

Auge irritation in the eye does not ease

Sunburn - Precautions

Childhood exposure to the sun causes skin damage. Sunburn can cause pain, fever and dehydration.

The following precautions will help protect your child:

  1. ALWAYS apply sun lotion 30 minutes before heading outdoors, and reapply it every two hours. Make sure you cover all exposed areas of your child’s skin, including the tips of the ears, the back of the neck and the tops of the feet.
  2. ALWAYS, seek shady places for your child to play. You may be surprised to learn that shade provides only partial protection against UV rays. Without sunscreen or other protection, skin is still being exposed to the sun's rays even in the shade.
  3. ALWAYS dress your baby in protective clothing, preferably Lycra or Neoprene for a day at the beach.
  4. ALWAYS make sure they wear a hat. Choose a hat with flaps in the back for neck protection and a brim that's wide enough to shade the face.
  5. ALWAYS encourage your child to wear a pair of UV-protective sunglasses.

Heatstroke

The symptoms are:

Auge dizziness

Auge headaches

Auge nausea (feeling sick)

To avoid heat stroke:

Auge dress your child in light, loose-fitting clothing

Auge keep your child in the shade whenever possible

Auge limit outdoor play on very hot, humid days

Auge encourage frequent breaks in the shade or indoors

Auge offer plenty of liquids to drink throughout the day

Auge provide a way for your child to spray himself (with a water bottle, for example) to cool off

Auge make sure the car is cooled off before you go for a ride

Auge if you don't have air conditioning at home, visit a public, air-conditioned place on very hot or humid days

NEVER expose yourself to full sun without sun protection!