Well, the school holidays are upon us again. While your children are undoubtedly overjoyed at the prospect, six whole weeks of your little cherubs at home might seem daunting if you don’t have plenty planned to keep them occupied.
By now you should be well into the swing of things and enjoying yourself; or wishing the weeks would go by faster so that you can get back into your usual routine. Whatever feelings you have about the holidays, one thing is for sure; you want to keep your children safe and protected from potential hazards.
This year has seen us have an unusually consistent summer full of sunshine (with just the odd thunderstorm thrown in for good measure). That means that it’s slightly easier to keep the kids entertained because they can ride their bikes, kick a ball around, and go ‘exploring’ with their friends. However, it means that you, as parents, need to think a little more about the affect this weather will have on your children.
First and foremost, it’s important to make sure that when it’s really hot your kids don’t spend too long in the sun. If they’re tearing around in the heat they’re at more risk of getting sunstroke which can make them really poorly. For this reason you also need to make sure they’re drinking enough water to keep them properly hydrated.
Sunscreen is another extremely important thing to consider. Even on a cloudy day the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate the skin leading to sunburn. As you know, excessive exposure to UV rays can even lead to skin cancer. Make sure your children are covered with a high factor sunscreen and that they know to re-apply it regularly.
Those UV rays don’t just harm the skin though. When you expose your eyes to the same rays that burn your skin, you can cause long-term damage to them too. And this is never truer than it is with children’s eyes.
You see, under the age of 10, children’s eyes are less able to block as much UV radiation as adult eyes can. This means that their eyes are at a much higher risk of damage than yours are. Most of the UV damage to our eyes happens while we’re under 18 years old.
And UV damage can cause short term effects like photokeratitis (sunburn of the eyes), which is painful but thankfully temporary, to long term effects like cataracts, macular degeneration, and even cancer of the eyelid.
We cannot stress enough just how important it is to make sure your kids wear sunglasses whenever they’re playing outdoors. Even on overcast days. These sunglasses must block 99% of UV rays and a minimum 75% of blue light. If you’re not sure if your child’s current sunglasses have the correct protection, just pop into your local branch of Eye Emporium and we’ll happily check them for you.
And if your child doesn’t currently own a pair of sunglasses, you can pop in and choose a pair. We stock a wide range, all with suitable sun protection. Better still, your child will love to wear the cool frames, making your job a little bit easier.
If you’d like more information on protecting your children’s eyes from the sun, simply give our friendly team at Eye Emporium a call on 0800 020 9202.