Sun Awareness
Health & Safety

Sun Awareness

by Martha Scully

​Beginning in 1989, the Canadian Dermatology Association has been educating the public about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. 

Now that summer is making an appearance for most Canadians, we wanted to remind both parents and caregivers on the importance of sun safety, both for yourself and the little ones you care for.

Health Canada recommends 3 key points:  COVER UP, STAY IN THE SHADE, and USE SUNSCREEN! Whenever possible, little ones should wear a sun hat when outside. 

Here are some pointers we've provided before, and are always important to remember:

  • Try to time your outdoor time before 11am or after 4pm, when the sun is the most harmful
  • If you’re out in prime-time, stay in the shade as much as possible; if you’re in the sun, cover up to protect your skin
  • Use sunscreen that’s SPF 15 or higher and ‘Broad Spectrum” for protection against UVA and UVB rays
  • Apply 20 minutes before you go out, and reapply 20 minutes after you’re out to ensure proper coverage
  • If you go swimming or work up a sweat, reapply often to ensure you’re always covered
  • Make sure you get all the sensitive parts: lips, ears, nose… and feet if you’re like me!

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About the Author
Martha Scully
Martha is the founder of CanadianNanny.ca. Martha has been featured as a Child Care Expert in hundreds of publications across Canada including The Globe and Mail, CBC, Today's Parent and The National Post, She lives in British Columbia with her husband and two daughters.