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Summer time in Australia can be very hot as we all know. This year we have already had some extremely hot days with temperatures up around 40 deg C in November, which is officially still Springtime. This could mean that this summer will be a real sizzler. Please look after yourself and your family over the summer:
- Drink plenty of fluids on hot days – water is best. Don’t drink soft drinks or alcoholic drinks for hydration purposes – they contain way too much sugar to be healthy!
- Keep yourself cool whenever possible – don’t stand in the hot sun, or sunbake on the beach for long periods
- Apply sunscreen generously – ideally 20 minutes before sun exposure – and reapply every 2-3 hours. Don’t forget your lips, ears and other areas like bald heads, and the backs of your legs!
- Wear a hat and sunglasses (you can develop melanomas in your eyes as well).
- Remember babies and children dehydrate more quickly than adults, and also their skin is more sensitive to sunburn. Keep them well-covered in sun-protective clothes and swimwear as well as sunscreen. Even standing in the shade on high UV days can still cause sunburn. Being in or on the water you are even more vulnerable as the sun’s rays are reflected back up off the water as well as coming down from above.
- A couple of good doses of sunburn in your life is all you need to set you up for skin cancers to develop later in your life. Some skin cancers are deadly!