Your child can sunburn in as little as 15 minutes. During a heat wave, limit outdoor activity to cooler morning and evening hours and never let infants or young children play or sleep in the sun in a playpen, stroller, or carriage.
If out in the sun, limit their exposure time as much as possible and apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher. Pay particular attention to the areas that are most exposed, such as the face, lips, ears, neck, shoulders, back, knees, and the tops of their feet. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply every two hours or more frequently if your child has been involved in vigorous activity that could potentially remove the product, such as swimming, toweling or excessive sweating.
Don’t forget to put a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses on your child. When deciding on sunglasses, look for a label that says ANSI or CSA approved for sun protection and that are labeled as "UVA and UVB blocking", "100% UVR protection" or "UV 400". They will provide almost complete protection against eye damage from the sun.
Dress children in tight woven, light-weight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing, preferably in cotton to absorb sweat. Give small amounts of water frequently.
This safety tip was prepared by Public Safety Canada in collaboration with Environment Canada and Health Canada.