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Whether your child is at the beach or in your backyard, it’s important to protect them from the sun.

Summer is almost here, which means that it is time to spend your days outside enjoying the sunshine. Unfortunately, it only takes a few bad sunburns to increase your child’s risk of developing skin cancer in the future, so it is incredibly important to protect them from the sun. As May is Melanoma Awareness Month, our child care givers in Cortlandt Manor have come up with these tips to protect your child from the sun all summer long:

#1. Know when to go outside.

It’s always best to limit your child’s exposure to the times of the day when UV rays are the strongest. Try to limit your child’s time outside between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If your child does play outside during these times, make sure you provide them with plenty of sunscreen.

#2. Apply sunscreen on cloudy days.

Many parents are good about putting sunscreen on their kids when it’s sunny, but they fail to do so when it is cloudy. It’s important to note that UV rays can be just as strong and powerful when it is cloudy as when it’s sunny, so never skimp on the sunscreen when going outside.

#3. Play in the shade.

One great way to avoid excess exposure to the sun is to play in the shade as much as possible. If there isn’t a lot of shade in your yard, think about investing in a canopy to give your child a safe place to hide from the sun.

Learn more tips for protecting your child from the sun when you stay tuned for our day care’s next blog.