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What is UVA and UVB:

The sun gives off energy in the form of radiation. Although we can see sunlight, we can't see or feel the sun's UV rays. Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is made of UVA and UVB wavelengths or rays.
UVB rays are short, powerful and harmful rays that affect the outer layers of the skin.  UVB causes sunburn and produces melanin, which gives people a tan.  It also damages DNA in the skin, which causes skin cancer.

UVA rays are long rays that penetrate deep into the skin.  UVA damages the skin causing wrinkling, sagging and premature aging.  It may also have a role in causing skin cancer.

SUN BURNS HURT AND CAN CAUSE PERMANENT SKIN DAMAGE….
YOUR CHILD DEPENDS ON YOU FOR PROTECTION!

Young Children do not understand the dangers of UVR.  It is our duty to protect them. The most important step in preventing sunburn is to limit direct contact of the sun's rays with our children's skin by using protective fabric barriers and staying in the shade.
The Sunsible Stroller Cover uses the following sun-protective fabric which provides children with some shade and protection from the sun's UV rays:

  • Solarweave® blocks 99% of the sun's UVA and UVB rays.
  • Tightly knitted window blocks 60% UVB rays.

SUN FACTS:

  • The Canadian Cancer Society claims that the sun is the main cause of skin cancer and that too much exposure to the sun and its damaging UV rays in childhood, whether on sunny or cloudy days, significantly increases the risk of getting skin cancer in adulthood.
  • A child's skin can burn in a few minutes in strong sunlight.
  • A child born today has a 1 in 7 risk of developing skin cancer during his or her lifetime.
  • 80% of skin damage occurs before 18 years of age.
  • Children have thinner skin than adults and are more sensitive to UV rays.
  • Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and the most preventable
  • 40 000-50 000 Canadians develop skin cancer each year
  • Just one severe sunburn in childhood can double the risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
  • Even on cloudy days, 80% of the sun's UV rays reach the ground
  • Excessive sun exposure can cause aging of the skin, immune system suppression and eye disorders later in life.

SUN PROTECTION PLAN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY:

  • DO NOT use sunscreen lotion on babies under 6 months old
  • Keep babies under 1 year out of the direct sunlight because their skin is thin and more sensitive to UVR
  • Keep babies covered up with protective clothing and use shade
  • The Cancer Society of New Zealand says drape a cloth over your baby's pram for shade and protection from the sun (Use a Sunsible Stroller Cover)
  • Reduce sun exposure, especially between 11am and 4pm
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat.  Wear long sleeve shirts and pants
  • Use sunscreen with UVA/UVB SPF 15+.  Reapply every 2 hours
  • Sunscreen should be used in combination with shade, clothing, hat and sunglasses
  • Wear sunglasses with darker shading with UVA and UVBprotection
  • Avoid tanning salons and sunlamps.  A burn and/or tan is evidence of sun damage

PROTECT THE HEALTH OF YOUR CHILD.
BE SUNSIBLE AND USE A  SUNSIBLE STROLLER COVER!!!!
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