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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

6 Tips for Water Fun

Dec 27, 2005 12:00AM

1) Bring plenty of sunblock and apply it often.

To be effective, sunscreen of at least SPF 15 for adults and SPF 30 for kids should be applied 30 - 60 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply once an hour for maximum effectiveness.

2) Drink plenty of fluids.

Being in the sun can quickly dehydrate you. Bring along enough bottled water for everyone in your family. Check with your beach and see if coolers are allowed so that you can keep it nice and cold.

3) Remember your lips.

Use sun protective lip balm with an SPF of 15 or more.

4) Block the sun.

Sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays, sun hats with brims, and beach umbrellas are all wonderful items to have along for added protection.

5) Baby care.

Babies should not spend a lot of time in the sun, but when they are, keep them protected! Babies under 6 months old should wear protective clothing and a brimmed sun hat. If possible baby sunglasses that protect from harmful UV rays as well. Talk to your doctor before applying sunscreen to your baby.

6) Alcohol and Swimming Don't Mix.

Drownings due to alcohol consumption are preventable. Alcoholic drinks dehydrate the body, the opposite of what you want to do when spending a day in the sun.