Protecting children from the sun in the mountains: an often neglected necessity

When we think of sun protection for kids, we tend to imagine hot days at the beach, complete with sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats. However, another situation requires just as much, or even more, vigilance: mountain activities.

The dangers of the sun at altitude.

Families planning a vacation in the mountains, Switzerland or elsewhere can easily underestimate the risks associated with sun exposure at altitude. With its magnificent alpine lakes and majestic mountains, Switzerland offers an unrivaled playground for families looking for adventure. However, it is important to remember that even in this idyllic setting, the dangers of the sun persist.

Indeed, as you increase in altitude, the atmosphere becomes thinner, which means that fewer UV rays are filtered. As a result, children are exposed to higher levels of solar radiation, increasing their risk of sunburn and long-term sun damage.

Health risks for children

Children have more delicate and sensitive skin than adults, and sun damage during childhood can have serious long-term consequences. Besides immediate sunburn, excessive exposure to the sun during childhood is a major risk factor for the later development of skin cancers.

Additionally, sun damage can contribute to premature aging of the skin, leading to wrinkles, loss of elasticity and age spots.

Kid-Friendly Activities and the Importance of Staying Hydrated

It is essential to be realistic about children's abilities when planning mountain activities. Don't plan hikes that are too long or too difficult for their age and fitness level. It's important to listen to their needs and energy levels, and plan frequent breaks to rest and rehydrate.

Make sure you take enough water for the whole family before you go hiking. Dehydration can occur more quickly at altitude, and it is essential that children drink regularly to stay hydrated. Encourage them to drink small sips of water throughout the day, even if they don't feel particularly thirsty.

Sun protection measures and use of Pioupiou SPF50 sunscreen

Fortunately, there are simple steps parents can take to protect their children from the sun in the mountains:

  1. Broad-spectrum sunscreen : Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 50. Be sure to apply the cream before sun exposure and reapply it every two hours , or after swimming or sweating. Pioupiou's SPF50 organic children's sunscreen offers optimal protection for children's delicate skin.

  2. Sun protective clothing : Dress children in lightweight, long-sleeved clothing made from tight-fitting fabrics that provide additional UV protection. Some brands offer clothing specially designed to block UV rays.

  3. Wide-brimmed hats : Encourage children to wear wide-brimmed hats that protect the face, neck and ears from the sun.

  4. Sunglasses : Make sure children wear sunglasses with lenses that block 100% of UV rays.

  5. Avoid the hottest hours : Try to plan mountain activities early in the morning or late afternoon to avoid times when the sun is most intense, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  6. Hydration : Remember to keep children hydrated by having them drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Protecting children from the sun in the mountains, and even in Switzerland, is essential to prevent sunburn, reduce the risk of skin cancers and protect the long-term health of their skin. By taking simple steps such as using SPF50 baby sunscreen , wearing sun protective clothing and limiting exposure during the hottest hours, parents can ensure their children get the most out of the sun. splendors of Alpine lakes and Swiss mountains in complete safety.

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