Saturday, November 26, 2011

Protect hiking kids with sunscreen, lip balm

Except in the Pacific Northwest, trails rarely are covered entirely in shade, so your child will need protection from the sun for both skin and lips.

For sunscreen, use a low scent/no scent variety. Scents can attract insects (leading to other issues) and even bears (really leading to other issues).

Use a children's sunscreen rather than one for adults, as some kids' skin can be sensitive. Look for sunscreen free of para-aminobenzoic acid, or PABA, as the chemical may cause skin problems for children.

An SPF of 30 is good.

For lip balm, make sure it has a SPF in it or lips will burn.

Read more about day hiking with children in the guidebook Hikes with Tykes.