Sunscreen, online help for children with motor difficulties and helping children plan their days
Quick guide to sunscreen
With the warm weather coming, children who do not go to school or daycare will spend more and more time outdoors. And that’s good! However, don’t forget to protect their skin with sunscreen.
The sun’s rays can damage the skin, especially that of children. It must therefore be adequately protected. You can even add small amounts of sunscreen to your baby under 6 months of age if you cannot keep it in the shade.
Which one to choose? A “broad spectrum” cream that protects against UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of at least 30. Choose products that carry the Canadian Dermatology Association logo.
When to apply it? It depends on the type of sunscreen used. For chemical screens (products containing e.g. Parsol 1789, Mexoryl SX, Mexoryl XL, Helioplex and oxybenzone), sunscreen should be applied approximately 30 minutes before going outside. For physical screens (products containing for example: zinc oxide or titanium dioxide), it is possible to exit immediately after application.
Regardless of the type of sunscreen used, it should be replaced every 2 hours. The application of sunscreen in cloudy weather is also important, since the rays of the sun pass through the clouds without being noticed.
How much to put? About 15 to 30 ml should be enough for the whole body, depending on the age of the child.
While sunscreen helps protect from the sun, invite your child to play in the shade when the sun is strongest, between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. To protect his eyes and face, have him wear a hat and sunglasses. There are also UV protective clothing and hats.
For more advice, read our Sun fact sheet: how to protect your child well?
Motor difficulties: free online help
Obtaining rehabilitation services for children with motor difficulties is not always easy, especially in this pandemic period. However, these children could get free help online through the DRAWING research project.
The DESSIN project (Screening, Needs Assessment, Services and Support via the Internet) is intended for Quebec families with a child aged 3 to 8 who has motor difficulties, but who does not regularly receive occupational therapy or physiotherapy from the public health. Participation in the project could allow them to have access to, among other things, screening and assessment of the child’s needs, a web platform, online meetings with an occupational therapist or a physiotherapist and interventions with parents and children.
This project was implemented by a research team from the University of Sherbrooke. For more information, consult the DESSIN project website or the participation modalities sheet. To participate in the project, you must complete the eligibility form.
Encourage children to plan their days
Thousands of children will not return to school or daycare until September, due to COVID-19. The Quebec initiative Active for Life offers parents a tool to help children organize their days and thus facilitate the reconciliation of telework and family life.
This is a daily planning PDF table that children can customize with the help of their parents. The idea is to write down a schedule for the day, which is not too strict, so that you can easily follow it. By having a certain routine, tasks and projects to carry out, children will be less likely to be bored and will participate more in family life.
To determine the plan of the day, ask your child what he wants to do for his body, his brain, family, home and fun. The older ones can write it themselves while the younger ones can draw it.
For example, help your child come up with ideas for active games. In addition to the schoolwork to be done, ask him what he would like to learn in order to add to the planning. Remind them that you are a family and that you need their help for supper, putting away toys, or pulling weeds out in the garden, for example. Finally, take the opportunity to repeat the mandatory instructions, such as bedtime in the evening, nap time and frequent hand washing.
Source: Active for Life
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May 21, 2020
By the team of Born and Grow
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