Children and sun safety

Whenever possible keep children in the shade. Make sure their favourite play areas are shaded. 

Remember that children can get sunburnt on cold and cloudy days.

In the sun use a hat and clothing that covers your child's arms and legs. At the beach, use sunsuits instead of bathers.

Use a 30-plus sunscreen for children, one that is labelled for sensitive skin.

Zinc cream is a very effective sunblock.

Apply sunscreen to areas not covered by clothing. You should reapply often, particularly if children are swimming.

Sunlight through the glass of car windows can burn the skin. You can use blinds that can be used on car windows.

More information

For more ideas, activities and tips go to the 7 Steps to Safety page on the Department of Children and Families website.

Last updated: 27 June 2017