Sun Safety for Kids in Brisbane
There’s no doubt that Brisbane Kids live in a fabulous city that’s safe, fun and family friendly. But when it comes to skin cancer, they’re in the firing line.
The sunshine state has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. In the world! Cancer Council Queensland figures show melanoma was the second leading form of cancer diagnosed in men and women in 2011, with more than three thousand people given the bad news. Two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they’re 70.
And worryingly – despite the unforgettable Slip Slop Slap campaign – skin cancer is increasing rapidly.
What does UV exposure mean for kids?
The experts say childhood is a critical period when exposure to UV radiation is more likely to contribute to skin cancer in later life. In other words, kids who have more exposure to the sun are more likely to get skin cancer when they grow up. Parents have a responsibility to both protect their kids from exposure, and to set an example about sun safety.
UV – A brief explanation
The ultraviolet radiation from the sun (UV) can’t be seen or felt, meaning it can catch us off guard. The UV level varies across the country and can be affected by other factors, including what time of the day or year it is, cloud cover, altitude and location.
Each day the Bureau of Meteorology produces the SunSmart UV Alert which predicts when sun protection is needed. When the UV level is rated above three, it can damage your skin.
You can find Queensland’s UV Alerts here. Just click on Brisbane.
The five key steps to sun safety for kids
Sid the tap dancing seagull from the original Slip Slop Slap campaign has had a makeover. He’s now peddling two more ‘Ss’ …. Seek and Slide.
- Slip on sun protective clothing
- Slop on SPF 30 or higher sunscreen
- Slap on a hat – one that protects the face, back of neck, eyes and ears
- Seek shade
- Slide on sunglasses
Babies have extremely sensitive skin which can burn easily. This information sheet is a great guide to sun protection for babies and toddlers. It says babies aged under one year old should not be exposed to direct sunlight during peak UV times (when the level is above three). Sunscreen can be used at any age. It just needs to be tested first.
Now that you have the sun safety aspect covered, check out these great swimming pools in Brisbane that include lots of different and fun water play features too. You might also like to see our picnic spot reviews for some perfect destinations for dining outdoors.