What if my child goes swimming?

How can I protect my child from the sun when swimming?

If your child is going swimming, use a sunscreen that is 4 hours water resistant and offers broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays, like our range of Banana Boat Kids products.

You should also consider other cover ups, such as long sleeved swim shirts and hats, to provide extra protection.


How often should my child reapply sunscreen when swimming?

Children should reapply sunscreen immediately after towel drying, to ensure they are properly protected and to help reduce the risk of sunburn and UV exposure.

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How should my child cover up?

How should my child cover up in the sun?

In addition to using sunscreen on exposed areas, your child should cover up with:

  • Sun protective clothing in light colours
  • Wide brimmed hats
  • Sunglasses


How else can I keep my child protected from the sun?

Teach them to seek out shade, especially between midday and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest and UV radiation is highest.

Also remind them of the importance of reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming and physical activity.

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Can I get sunburn on a cloudy day?

Can I get sunburn on a cloudy day?

You can suffer sun damage even on a cloudy day. Believe it or not, up to 80 per cent of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate through clouds and fog, so even though you might feel more protected because you can’t feel the heat of the sun (or see your shadow!) you still need to practice sun safety and wear sun screen.


Can I use a lower SPF on cloudy days?

You should still use a broad-spectrum sunscreen on cloudy days. In fact, some research has shown that particular types of clouds can increase the focus of UV light, raising the risk factor.

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