The hot weather has been a fantastic treat. 


Getting the kids out and about without the fear of the heaven's opening is a rarity in Ireland.


However, our inexperience is showing, as Temple Street Children's Hospital has logged major increases in children's admittance with serious sunburns. 


In light of the spike, the hospital has issued guidelines on how to correctly protect our babies and children from the severe side of the sun.



Starting with babies under six months, recommendations are to always keep them in the shade and to take advantage of the shade around you when you're out and about.


Additionally, prams and strollers should be used for extra shade as needed.


As for clothing, they advise covering up your little one in loose-fitting outfits with long sleeves and long shorts.


Patch testing sunscreen on your baby's skin is essential, if it reacts, stop using the product immediately and switch brand. 


Cool drinks should be offered to your child regularly and try to keep all living spaces as cool as possible.


Drawing curtains in the morning and afternoon that are sun spots, as well as keeping windows closed that are exposed to the sun during the day, should help.


Don't forget to turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment as they generate heat, and as the temperature drops at night, you can keep windows open. 



Moving onto the big kids, the advice is to keep them out of the sun between 11 am and 3 pm.


Ensure they wear a hat with a wide brim to protect their head, ears, neck and face.


Pairing the hat with wrap around sunglasses that give UV protection is vital.


Of course, it will depend on how old your child is, but as soon as they can wear wrap around shades - put them on.



Use sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and UVA protection, apply it to dry skin 20 minutes before they head out and top it up every two hours.


Suncream with five stars is crucial to protecting your child's skin properly; if you're unsure, check out our full guide here


Heat stroke and sunburn can be extremely dangerous to our children, even on an overcast day, sunburns can occur.