ALL TODDLER’S DESERVE THEIR PLACE IN THE SUN.
We’re proud to announce that we recently had our sunhats laboratory tested and have received a 50+ UVA protection rating. This means our fabric blocks 98% of the sun's rays, thus significantly reducing the risk of exposure.
This summer, whether you’re beachside, poolside or lakeside, make sure your little shell collectors, explorers and adventurers are protected from the sun – beautifully. After all, there’s nothing cuter than a toddler in a sunhat, especially when it’s UPF50+ rated, hard-wearing, lightweight and machine washable.
At Myang, we stock an exclusive range of hand-crafted wide-brimmed, breathable sunhats guaranteed to keep your little ones safely protected - and they’re available in styles, colours and sizes ranging from 6 months to 12 years old.
When you order, remember to measure the circumference of your little one’s head to ensure the right size. As an added benefit, our hats have adjustable under-the-chin toggles, ideal for windy days and fiddly toddlers.
Some other points to bear in mind.
Use “broad spectrum” sunscreen.
On both sunny and cloudy days, use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreens with physical blocks such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide are both gentle and effective for sensitive areas such as the nose, cheeks, tops of the ears and the shoulders. Apply 15–30 minutes before going into the sun to give it time to absorb. Don’t forget to protect ears, lips, feet, back of the neck and even scalp if you or your child has very short hair. The sand reflects UV rays so be sure to use sunscreen even when your child is sitting under a beach umbrella or tree.
Limit time in the sun. Stay in the shade, or have fun indoors, especially between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
Use extra protection for babies less than 6 months old. The American Academy of Paediatrics recommends protective clothing that covers the arms and legs, brimmed hats, and staying in the shade. If adequate clothing and shade aren’t available, use a minimal amount of sunscreen with
SPF 15 or higher on small areas, such as the face and back of the hands. To treat sunburn in infants, use cool compresses on the affected areas.
Dress your child in protective clothing. You can now find swim clothing that has UVA protection built in. Sunglasses are also recommended. Look for glasses that protect from 97 percent to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB light, and clothing with a tight weave.
Reapply sunscreen often! At least every two hours, and more often if your child is swimming or sweating.
Set a good example. Practice sun protection yourself and teach all members of your family how to protect themselves from the sun’s rays.
If your child gets a sunburn, here are some of the best ways to take care of tender, red skin:
Know the symptoms. These vary depending on the burn’s severity: redness, warm skin, blisters, chills, fever, headache, and dehydration (dry mouth, lack of urination, loss of skin elasticity).
Cool it down. Have your child soak in a cool bath or put cool (not ice cold) compresses on the affected areas. if needed, use a gentle moisturizing cream or aloe gel to provide comfort.
Be a painkiller. Give your child ibuprofen or acetaminophen as directed. Be sure to follow the directions on the container for dosage, and check with your child’s healthcare provider about what’s best, based on your child’s symptoms.
Aid with shade. Don’t let your child play in direct sunlight until the burn has healed.
Don’t pop. If blisters are present, don’t break them open. This exposes the tissues below the skin and can lead to infection.
All Myang products are hand-crafted in Port Elizabeth by a collective of previously unemployed township seamstresses. Our sole mission is to upskill, finance, and support them to create world-class kiddies clothing and accessories so that their children and their children’s children can enjoy a better quality of life.