(Update: I now know what the slap is for…and no it’s not dirty!)
For fun in the sun this summer, remember to protect your family!
The 80s slogan is:
- Slip: on a shirt
- Slop: on some sunscreen
- Slap: on a hat
- (Wrap on sunnies)
In babies under 6 months we don’t recommend excessive use of sunscreen, opt for clothing and shade
In kids under 12 years go for zinc based sunscreen as this way less chemicals absorb into their skin
Finally for adults we can use whichever sunscreen that has at least SPF30+ brands
Remember to reapply after playing in water or after 2hrs of activity.
Did you know that babies cannot rely on breast milk to get sufficient vitamin D for their growing bones?
Instead they get Vitamin D through the maternal blood supply-which if low, means your baby is born low.
It’s the reason why doctors frequently check Vitamin D levels and why IVF mums get put on high dose vitamin D.
How much vitamin D do you need?
If you’re living in Sydney during spring, summer, or autumn: 6-8mins at 10am or 2pm; and during winter: 15 minutes at midday. No need for sunscreen for this purpose.
If you’re planning on extended outdoor activities, check the UV index. UV Index 3 or above, use sunscreen. Below 3 not to worry generally speaking.
Where do you check the UV index? On iPhone it’s built into the weather app. Load it the swipe up.
For Android it’s probably the same. There’s also an app called SunSmart that gives you alerts for when the UV index rises above 3. Download it here: http://www.sunsmart.com.au/tools/interactive-tools/free-sunsmart-app
Finally, for the like-minded geeks out there here are statistics on UV Index across major Australian cities over the four seasons.
Soak up that sun fellow sunseekers!
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