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25/07/19

Hot weather advice and tips for families

Families are reminded to protect children and older people from the sun’s harmful rays during the current heatwave.

Clinical leaders from NHS Bradford district and Craven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are asking families to stay protected and take extra care in the sun, particularly during the school holidays.

Young children and babies are especially vulnerable to hot temperatures so it’s important to make sure they are well protected with high factor sun cream, clothes and hats. Babies under six months should be kept in the shade.

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Dr Louise Clarke, clinical lead for children for NHS Bradford district and Craven CCGs, said: “By taking some simple steps you can make sure your family can make the most of the good weather.

“As babies and children burn easily in the sun, keep them in the shade, especially during the middle of the day, when the sun is at its strongest. Sun cream with a 30 or 50, sun protection factor (SPF) will help to keep their skin protected. Don’t forget to apply it all over and especially to their shoulders, back of the neck, nose, ears, cheeks, and the tops of their feet and reapply often throughout the day.”

While the effects of too much sun can affect anyone, some are more at risk to the danger of hot weather. In addition to babies and young children this includes:

 Ten top tips for coping in hot weather and staying safe in the sun:

  1. Stay in the shade especially between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
  2. Use a sun cream SPF 30 or SPF 50, even on cloudy or overcast days and reapply regularly.
  3. Drink plenty of water and avoid excess alcohol.
  4. Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
  5. Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  6. Keep rooms cool - close blinds or curtains in sunny rooms and open windows at cooler times of the day.
  7. Wear sunglasses and a hat with a wide brim that shades your face and neck.
  8. Keep babies less than six months old in the shade, especially around midday.
  9. Have cool baths or showers or splash yourself with cool water regularly.
  10. When swimming, use a waterproof suncream/sunblock and reapply regularly.

To find out more information, you can search for ‘NHS hot weather’ online.

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