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Sun Safety For Children

Sun Safety For Children

Sun safety for children is high on every parent’s agenda when the sun comes out.  This summer has been amazing so far. Lots of sunshine and dry weather and plenty of opportunities for the little ones to be out in the fresh air. However as parents it’s drummed into us that we should protect our children’s skin from the ‘dangerous’ sun rays.

Of course we also need to think about keeping the children hydrated and cool too. So with this in mind we need to always think three important things!

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  1. Cover all visible skin with high factor suncream, ideally SPF50
  2. Dress the kids in cool organic baby clothing
  3. Pop a cool cotton sun hat on them

Young babies and children are particularly vulnerable in the summer and extra care needs to be taken with protecting them. Babies under 6 months should be kept out of the sun whenever possible, and older babies and children should be allowed in the sun for a limited time and only when they are well protected.

  • Apply a minimum of Factor 30+ sunscream, Anything below SPF30 does not really give adequate protection. To be honest even adults should never go below a factor 15 and children ideally Factor 30+. Apply the suncream 15-30 minutes before they go out and try to use waterproof sun cream, especially when they are playing in swimming pools or the sea.
  • Even during term-time, remember that children are outside at school for break and lunch times. Look at buying the 10 hour protection creams and putting it on the children before school. A lot of schools allow the children to take sun-creams in but the staff are not allowed to apply it on the children.
  • Encourage your children to wear a hat and cover up. Loose organic cotton clothes are the most comfortable. The sun can still penetrate thin clothing, so ensure you cream them all over.
  • Don’t be tempted to buy cheap sunglasses for the children. We all know that children easily lose and break sunglasses but cheap ones can do more harm than good.
  • Use the shade as much as possible, especially for babies. Under trees and sun umbrellas are perfect for children to play under.

Sun Safety for Children

A survey revealed that:

  • 83% of British parents don’t think it’s necessary to apply any sun protection to their children in the summer months before going to school.
  • Over half of parents don’t give their child a bottle of sun protection before they go to school during the summer.
  • A staggering 19% of mums and dads say their children do NOT have a shaded area in their school playground.
  • 37% of parents buy lower than an SPF30 for their children.

Sun Safety Facts

  • babies burn faster than children or adults
  • you can burn in the shade from reflected light
  • a wet cotton t-shirt lets through nearly as much sun as no shirt
  • don’t wait till you feel hot, 10am sun burns as much as 2pm sun
  • always re-apply suncream after swimming even if waterproof
  • apply sun cream at least every two hours
  • cloudy days are dangerous- a lot of UV still gets through cloud
  • watch out for cool winds or water, it can make you think you are not getting burnt

TIPS

  • plan your trips to avoid being in the heat of the day 10-2pm
  • have picnics in the shade and play in the shade
  • enjoy the woods
  • encourage the children to wear hats and long sleeved t-shirts
  • give children regular drinks of water or fruit juice to keep them hydrated.

I hope you don’t feel like I’m lecturing you here. Sun safety is so important though and with skin cancer rates rocketing year on year, we must remember to protect our babies and children.

Enjoy the lovely weather but Think Safe!

 

Official Source:- https://www.tillyandjasper.co.uk/blogs/news/sun-safety-for-children

 

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What Is the Soil Association? What Does Fairtrade Mean

What Is the Soil Association? What Does Fairtrade Mean

So you’re buying organic baby clothes, you’re trying to practise sustainable parenting, you buy cloth nappies. But do you actually know what the different key certifications/bodies related to organic clothing are? GOTS, Soil Association, OECO TEX, Fairtrade? What do they all mean?

Once upon a time, people just used to use the word ‘organic’ but now there seem to be acronyms galore and yes, it is worth knowing what they all mean.

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Soil Association Certification

The organic cotton baby boy leggings you bought last week, have a label which says they are ‘Soil Association’ certified. What exactly does that mean then?

Soil Association Certification just happens to be The UK’s biggest organic certification body and believe it or not, it is directly responsible for certifying over 70% of all the organic products sold in The UK. And they don’t just certify organic clothes and textiles either. You may have already noticed that the nappy rash cream you’re using on your baby is also Soil Association certified.

The Soil Association is actually a charity which campaigns for humane and sustainable food, farming and land use and has been working on organic textiles for more than 10 years. They played a huge role in the development of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)..

What is GOTS?

GOTS is the sole organic textile processing standard which is recognised throughout the world. It ensures and guarantees integrity at every step of the supply chain. If you see GOTS on a clothes label then you know that the product is environmentally compliant as well as socially. The fibres will be organically grown, the processing will be eco-friendly and throughout the whole manufacturing process, the company has remained socially responsible.

What is Fairtrade?

Then there’s Fairtrade. This is probably the label and logo we come upon most when looking for organic baby clothes. Choosing Fairtrade cotton baby clothes will ensure that the farmers involved in the production get a better deal. Fairtrade work with disadvantaged farmers and workers to promote fairer trading conditions and opportunities. They empower the cotton producers to help them fight poverty and strengthen their trading position. Fairtrade also protect workers’ rights and the environment.

Fairtrade, like The Soil Association, certifies products and ingredients. When all the ingredients in a product that possibly can be Fairtrade are so, then the product will carry the Fairtrade logo.

OEKO-TEX®

OEKO TEX certification is much less well-known than the others above. In a nutshell though, their certification includes testing for an extremely long list of chemicals, toxins, phthalates and pesticides. Products certified by OEKO TEX will have been tested for allergy-inducing dyes and chlorinated phenols amongst other things. This particular certification doesn’t mean a product is organic, although some of them are obviously. What it does mean though is that the product is free of harmful substances..

So there you are then! Those labels on your organic baby clothes all mean something a little bit different and now you at least have some idea what they mean.

 

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