How can I convince my child to apply or reapply sunscreen?

How can I convince my child to apply or reapply sunscreen?

Convincing kids to apply or reapply sunscreen when they are having fun and being active outside can be a challenge, but its also an opportunity to teach them valuable lessons about sun safety and develop good habits.

Always try to apply sunscreen before going out

It’s easier to get that first application on if you can do it before they start engaging in fun activities. Explain to them that sunscreen works best if applied 20 minutes before they go outside, and will help keep them safer from the start.

Keep an eye on how long they’ve been outside

Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2 hours, or more frequently if they are running around and may be sweating some of it off.

If they are swimming, make sure they towel dry and reapply immediately after coming out of the water.

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How should my child cover up?

How should my child cover up in the sun?

In addition to using sunscreen on exposed areas, your child should cover up with:

  • Sun protective clothing in light colours
  • Wide brimmed hats
  • Sunglasses

How else can I keep my child protected from the sun?

Teach them to seek out shade, especially between midday and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest and UV radiation is highest.

Also remind them of the importance of reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming and physical activity.

What if my child goes swimming?

How can I protect my child from the sun when swimming?

If your child is going swimming, use a sunscreen that is 4 hours water resistant and offers broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays, like our range of Banana Boat Kids products.

You should also consider other cover ups, such as long sleeved swim shirts and hats, to provide extra protection.

How often should my child reapply sunscreen when swimming?

Children should reapply sunscreen immediately after towel drying, to ensure they are properly protected and to help reduce the risk of sunburn and UV exposure.