Summer is approaching fast and it’s important that we protect ourselves and our children against the hot summer sun… But sunscreen can be messy, sticky and just challenging to find the right balance to keep our kids protected. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare for some fun in the sun this SUMMER!
Sunscreen lotions can be sticky and messy and an unpleasant tactile experience for your child. Here are a few alternative options to keep your child protected in the sun!
Sensory-friendly Stick Options
Sensory-friendly Spray Options
Other Tips and Tricks:
Rub in any spray or lotion using a foundation brush and skip the mess!
Try UV clothing to protect
Talk about it!
Talk about sunscreen when it’s not time to put it on. Discuss and share about why we need to wear sunscreen and how it’s fun to play outside but we have to protect our skin to keep it healthy. Have conversations to encourage your child to be comfortable with the idea of sunscreen. Lead by example and make it a normal thing for you and your family to wear it.
Providing proprioceptive input (input to the muscles and joints) before applying sunscreen can help to reduce touch sensitivity. A few ways to do this could be massage/deep pressure, any pushing/pulling movement, use of weighted items, digging in sand, animal crawls, or wheelbarrow walks. You can try having the child rub down arms, legs, and back with a towel before applying sunscreen.