Top suncream tips for parents: Protecting your child from the sun

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Best time to apply:  Suncream probably isn’t needed on the morning school run, but children shouldn’t linger in the sun between 11am and 3pm as the sun is at its strongest.

Where to apply: Apply suncream in sufficient quantity and take care to cover all exposed skin, including ears, nape of neck and tops of feet.

What to wear: Physical barriers should be your first line of defence for your child – provide plenty of shade, get them to wear sunglasses, loose-fitting clothing and a wide-brimmed hat or a baseball cap.

Waterproof suncream: Water reflects UV rays, increasing your child’s exposure. Even “waterproof” suncreams should be reapplied after going in the water.

Educate: Teach your children to be sun smart from an early age – childhood sunburn increases the risk of melanoma in later life.

Finally: Make sure any suncream isn’t past its expiry date!

Remember: UV can still be high when it’s cloudy, so burning can still occur when using no protection.

READ MORE: Health advice issued as Merseyside is put on a level 2 heatwave warning

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