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Slip, Slop, Slap – keep your family protected

Parents are being reminded to protect their children from the sun’s harmful rays during the current heatwave. 

Clinical leaders from NHS Airedale Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford Districts and Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are asking families to stay protected and take extra care in the sun as schools break up for summer. 

Young children and babies are especially vulnerable to the hot temperatures, so it is important to make sure they are well protected with high factor sun cream, clothes and hat.  Babies aged under six months should NEVER be left in direct strong sunlight.

A quick way to remember the advice is:

  • Slip on a t-shirt.
  • Slop on some sun cream.
  • Slap on a hat.

It can also become uncomfortable indoors too so to keep rooms cool - close blinds or curtains on windows that receive sun and open windows at cooler times of the day.   

Dr Amy Tatham, clinical lead for children for NHS Bradford district and Craven CCGs, said: “By taking some simple steps you will ensure your family can enjoy the hot weather whilst remaining safe during the summer. 

“Keep in mind how harmful the sun can be for babies and children and how easily they can burn. Sun cream with a 30 or 50 sun protection factor (SPF) will help to keep their skin protected. Don’t forget to apply it to their shoulders, nose, ears, cheeks, and the tops of their feet and reapply often throughout the day. 

“Damage caused by repeated exposure to sunlight could lead to skin cancer developing in later life.” 

Top tips for keeping babies and children safe in sun

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