UV sunsuits for children
Posted on March 9th, 2012
Paediatricians and dermatologists agree that is essential for parents to provide the best sun protection available for their children.
A child’s tender skin is much more atrisk from UV radiation than an adult’s. Sunshine and Health – How To Enjoy The Sun Safely is a report from the World Health Organisation. It states that in many countries, health problems associated with exposure to UV radiation are increasing, particularly skin cancer. The report says that increased exposure to sunlight clearly plays a role – and that most of the life-long UV exposure is accumulated in childhood when the risk of sunburn is greatest. *
There are two different kinds of UV radiation from which children must be protected; UVA and UVB. The majority of our sun exposure is from UVA rays which are known to cause skin to age and wrinkle and contribute to skin cancer. Similarly, UVB rays are also linked to skin cancer and cause sunburn. UV suits are a great way of providing good sun protective clothing, and will protect against both UVA and UVB radiation. They provide the reassurance that children will be constantly protected when out in the sun. UV protective clothing provides an efficient alternative to bottled sunscreens that can all too easily be washed or rubbed off, as well as requiring continued application. When looking for kids sunsuits to protect children from sun exposure, it is important to consider how these garments are made. Consideration should be made to;
- The quality of the fabric, i.e. its knit and yarn.
- A determination of its UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor).
- Durability – a good quality fabric will hold its shape and knit; therefore maintaining its UPF properties for longer.
- Chlorine resistance – as UV clothing is often used on holiday, it is important the fabric can withstand this.
- Offer protection against chaffing, flat locked.
- Extensive coverage of the head and neck area – hats need to be long at the back and must also cover the ears.
- Coverage of exposed area – shirts need to be long, particularly at the back, to ensure that when a child is bending their back does not become exposed.
Little Terra offers the Radicool 100+ UPF Skins range, from Australia, a place very much used to sunshine. Every batch of UV protective clothing is tested to ensure a UPF 100+ rating. As well as providing vital protection, all fabrics are comfortable, cool and breathable and are available in an excitingrange of colours and styles suitable for all children.
Radicool 100+ UPF clothing provides the highest UPF protection available on the market. The exclusive fabric contains a unique dense knit and yarn to ensure the very best protection from harmful sun exposure and,in addition, can easily cope with chlorinated water.
* The WHO report is available at www.who.int/uv/publications/solaruvflyer2006.pdf