Have we all been enjoying this lovely weather? I know I haven't! Mummy Manager has had real turmoil this week with this sudden increase in the temperature.
Our precious babies have really been suffering this week, its been so hot and the sun has been very fierce outside that we are having to restrict the times we are able to go into the garden. The Mummy in me is very over protective of the children get that hat on, have you got sun cream on, come get a drink, get in the shade etcâ€¦ the Manager in me has read the news yesterday stating that we all need to consider taking vitamin D supplements due to the fact that we don't get enough sun. REALLY!!!!! We can't win at the moment one moment we are being told to use a high factor sun cream with UV protection the next we don't get enough Vitamin D because we cover up with the high factor and stay in the shade.
As a manager I know that we need to protect these children from the sun and we do keep on at all the parents have they got sun cream on. I also understand that the guidance states that you must try to avoid the sun at its strongest between 1100 and 1400 which we do and keep the children hydrated withe plenty of water throughout the day. As a Mummy I am thinking where has all the fun gone, if we always avoid the midday sun when are we going to have our picnics, what happens when they go to school and they have play after lunch. Its not fair for them to miss out. What about that feeling you get when the sun comes out and it lifts your spirits and makes everything feel ok for that very moment. The children are missing out in this experience. So many contradictions to consider as Mummy Manager, it's really hard.
We all understand that vitamin D is essential for everyone and young children even more so, children are advised to take vitamin D supplements from 6 months to help with their bone development, so why are we supplementing rather than letting the children be children. Play and explore and feel the impact of the sun on their skin. One simple answer the increase in the number of skin cancer cases since the 1970 has risen by 360% that's huge. The news is causing all sorts of issues inside my already conflicted head.
So lets ignore the latest news scare, because I am sorry but that's all it is and get some cold hard facts. (I am a huge fact personsupper excited and now looking like a sad person) links under the statements as the websites are really good source of information
NHS – Most people can make enough vitamin D from being out in the sun daily for short periods with their forearms, hands or lower legs uncovered and without sunscreen from late March or early April to the end of September, especially from 11am to 3pm.
Kids Health –
You don’t need to hide from the sun completely or wrap up like a mummy to protect yourself. But you should take these two steps:
- Always wear sunscreen. SPF 30 +
- Take frequent breaks from the sun by going indoors or moving into the shade
Cancer Research –
Whatever your age, the best way to enjoy the sun safely and protect your skin from sunburn is to use a combination of shade, clothing and sunscreen. Children and teenagers might need a reminder or a helping hand, but setting a good example yourself is a great way to help them learn and get into good habits.
When the sun is strong or you're at risk of burning:
- Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm.
- Cover up with a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses.
- Use a sunscreen with a protection level of at least SPF15 and 4 stars. Use it generously and reapply regularly.
What is the new guidance?
Vitamin D experts now say:
- Everyone over the age of four should take 10 micrograms of vitamin D every day, particularly from October to March
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women and at-risk groups (such as people from ethnic minority groups with dark skin, elderly people in care homes and those who wear clothing that cover most the skin) should take 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day all year round
- Children between the age of one and four should take 10 micrograms of vitamin D supplements all year round
- All babies from birth up to one year of age should take 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day (particularly those being breastfed)
This new advice applies to England and Wales.
Health officials in Scotland and Northern Ireland say they have updated their guidance in line with the new recommendations, but only for people aged over six months.
Ok so I have looked at the range of facts and information out there. (I've only included snippets) and I am no wiser. My advise as Mummy Manager is enjoy it whilst you can, keep safe and you know your body and your children the best. Follow your instincts as there is nothing stronger than a parents gut.
Excuse the picture but we was having so much fun enjoying the sun in the paddling pool.