Myrtle Beach Kids’ Sun Tips: 5 Ways to Protect Them

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Kids love the sun, especially when it’s combined with sand and water! But, you know that sunburns can do serious damage. Not only can the pain put a damper on your vacation, but, according to the CDC, just a small number of burns during childhood can impact your kids’ skin health for the rest of their lives. Yikes!

Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect your family from the sun, aside from hiding in your Myrtle Beach hotel room all day.

Here are a few of the top tips:

1. Plan inside activities at midday. The cancer-causing UV rays are the strongest in the middle of the day, so pick that time to visit the Myrtle Beach Children’s Museum, WonderWorks, or even to catch a live show at the Palace Theatre followed by lunch indoors. If you must stay at the beach or pool, encourage a midday break under your umbrella or in the shade.
2. Cover it up. If your children are particularly fair-skinned and tend to get burned, even though sunscreen, you may want to try a rashguard-style top with UV protection. Some kids will put up with a cover-up as long as it has cool surfer style.
3. Apply sunscreen, then re-apply. And then re-apply again. The CDC recommends a sunscreen with at minimum SPF 15 and both UVA and UVB protection. It works best if you apply well at least a half hour before heading outside, and then re-apply regularly, especially when your kids are swimming.
4. Don’t think overcast = no problem. Especially for our visitors from northern latitudes, it’s important to remember that sunburns can still happen on overcast days. Kids especially need sun protection any time they’re outside.
5. Top if off with some shades. Once you’ve lathered the kids up with sunscreen, topped them off with a hat that covers their noses, necks and ears, add some sunglasses, especially for those with light-colored eyes. The sun’s rays can do damage to eyes, too.

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Posted 5/24/13