Summer comes with warm weather that offers more opportunities for outdoor activities and adventures. While children and teens should be allowed to enjoy the fun that summer season offers, they should also be kept safe and healthy during this UV safety month.
Children and everyone need vitamin D and the primary source of vitamin D is the exposure to the sun. Repeated, unprotected and continuous exposure to the sun can result in sunburn, skin cancer, eye damage and immune system suspension.
The sun radiates light and the light is useful for many things. The green plants utilize the energy from the sun to synthesize their food. The sun also consists of Ultra Violet (UV) rays. Three types of UV rays have been identified. These are UVA, UVB and UVC. Of these three, UVC rays are the most dangerous but these rays are blocked by the ozone layer so that UVC rays are prevented to reach out to the earth’s surface.
Protecting your family and kids from UVA and UVB during the UV safety month should be the primary goal of every parent. UVA rays can cause skin cancer. They can pass through the ozone layer. UVB rays are also dangerous. They contribute to skin cancer and can cause sunburn in children. Some of UVB rays escape the ozone layer to cause serious damage, contribute to skin cancer and cause sunburn in children.
One of the ways to avoid the damages caused by UV rays is teaching children to beware of looking directly at the sun. The children should also be educated to avoid playing in the sun during the peak hours of the day. They should be taught to take frequent breaks to cool off most especially when spending a lot of time in the sun. Protective clothing such as a wide brimmed hat and 100 percent UV protected sunglasses will also be good to make the summer fun and safe.