Summer with kids at home can be stressful for parents who have active, excited children who want to enjoy all of the benefits of summer vacation. Extra vigilance is required to prevent injury and keep kids safe while they enjoy the sun and outdoor activities.
Be Sun Smart
Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Adults and children need protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.
- Seek shade when necessary. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent.
- When possible, cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants and skirts to provide protection from UV rays.
- Wear a hat that shades the face, scalp, ears, and neck. If your child chooses a baseball cap, be sure to protect exposed areas with sunscreen.
- Wear sunglasses. They protect your child’s eyes from UV rays, which can lead to cataracts later in life.
- Use a sunscreen with at least SPF (sun protection factor) 15 every time your child goes outside. For the best protection, apply sunscreen generously 30 minutes before going outdoors. Don’t forget to protect ears, noses, lips, and the tops of feet.
FAMIS Plus or FAMIS (the low to no cost health care coverage for children through the Commonwealth of VA) covers well child and sick child visits to your doctor as well as immunizations.
Is your child covered?
If not, call Ann Walker, Project Conner Outreach at 276 732-0509 to see if your family may qualify for one of these plans. A family of 4 earning up to $51,455 a year may qualify.
Healthy kids make great students and happy campers!!!
“This project is supported by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in partnership with the Virginia Health Care Foundation.