When it comes to entertaining kids, nothing beats the beach. Waves and sand present endless opportunities for fun and great exercise. Unfortunately there’s a dark side: although the body needs sunlight to produce vitamin D (essential for bone health and possibly protection against disease), too much exposure to ultra-violet radiation from the sun can lead to cell damage, skin rashes and skin cancers.
So what’s a parent to do? Teach your kids about the dangers of too much sun, and let them pick a favorite “beach shirt” to keep on while at the beach. Some manufacturers offer special shirts made with densely woven cloth that can be worn in and out of the water like those found here.
Cover all exposed skin with a non-nano sunblock made with zinc oxide. You can check out your favorite sunscreen here. Sunscreens can give you a false sense of security, so you may stay out longer than you should. Remember to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, usually from 10 to 4, and don’t forget your hat!