Did you know dogs can get a sunburn?
And when it comes to healthy eating, did you know there’s a 1,250 calorie kids meal out there?
What you don’t know could hurt you! Here’s all the info you need on summer safety for your kids, pets, and loved ones!
We know it’s a good habit to wear sunscreen. Summer safety, after all, starts with the sun. But did you know that not all sunscreen products are created equal? Because suntan lotions aren’t reviewed by the FDA, manufactures don’t have to back up their claims. That means something with a 100 SPF label might only have the effectiveness of a 10, depending on the brand.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been “screening” sunscreen for years, researching products, and testing manufacturer’s claims. They’ve put together a 2010 Sunscreen Guide that will help keep your family from getting burned. For a basic rule of thumb, avoid anything that claims to be above an SPF 50 (it’s probably an exaggeration) and reapply often!
Babies and Sunscreen
When it comes to infants, it’s best to not use sunscreenon children less than 6 months old. Instead, focus on keeping them in the shade and out of the sun as much as possible. Check the EWG’s list, too, since some “baby-friendly” suntan lotions contain hormone disruptors and harmful chemicals.
Pets and the Sun
It might sound odd, but dogs can get sunburns, too. Typically, dogs with short hair like greyhounds and Dobermans are at the most risk from the sun, since their sensitive skin is more exposed. You can protect your pooches by buying special pet-friendly sunscreen (yes, it exists!).
Eating well should be a year-round goal, so I couldn’t help but include this great article—The 20 Worst Kids’ Foods in America. It’s a “eat this, not that” list of some of the most unhealthy and downright dangerous dishes marketed to kids. The worst offender is the 1,250 calorie Uno Chicago Grill Kids’ Kombo with French Fries which packs 79 grams of fat into a plate of fries, chicken nuggets, and cheese sticks. Can you believe it?
For more safety tips, visit the American Academy of Pediatricswebsite or KidsHealth for printable summer safety guides.
Did any of these summer health tidbits surprise you? What other safety measures do you take to keep your family happy and well this summer? Please share them in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!