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Have festival fun whatever the weather!

festival-sunMusic festivals are fast becoming one of the highlights of the British summer. Whether it’s squelching around in mud at a national festival or dancing in the blistering heat at a local one, the excitement and atmosphere of the weekend can be a wonderful experience.

Festivals are particularly popular amongst teenagers, and as a parent, you know that the ‘typical’ British weather can bring a heat wave one day and a thunderstorm the next, so it’s important that your teenager is properly prepared.

Your teenager will be keen to pack light. They’ve packed their wellies and waterproofs for that sudden rain fall. Shorts and t-shirt for the hot spell they’re expecting. But don’t let them forget their sun hat and sun screen – essential to avoid sun burn, heatstroke or heat exhaustion which can overshadow their festival fun. Encouraging them to follow a few simple tips will also make their weekend more memorable for the right reasons.

Dr Paul Oliver, Clinical Lead, Nottingham North and East CCG says: “Many teenagers underestimate the strength of the British sun, especially when they’re hanging out with friends at a festival. But it doesn’t take much sun to get severely burned or have heatstroke when you’re outside all day, so it’s vital to protect yourself.”

These simple tips can help to keep your teenager safe in the sun:

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat. This will help protect their neck and ears, as well as cover their back and shoulders to avoid sunburn.
  • Using a high factor sunscreen. It’s important that they use a high protection sunscreen if they are outside all day. Sun protection factor [SPF] 50 gives the best protection and should be applied regularly throughout the day. If your teenager does suffer with minor sunburn, they can sponge sore skin with cool water and apply soothing after sun or calamine lotion to help soothe the affected area.
  • Find shade under a tree. Although you don’t want to spoil their fun, it is important that your teenager finds some shade during the hottest part of the day to help keep them cool and prevent heat stroke.
  • Drink plenty of cold drinks and foods that have high water content. Your teenager should drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration. Fruit contains water and can help keep them hydrated too, so pack plenty!
  • Pack a first aid kit. Ensure they have a first aid kit in case of a minor accident or ailment. For tips on what to include, visit NHS Choices or talk to your local pharmacy.

And if you’re channeling your inner teenager and going to festivals as well then these tips apply to you too!
For more information about festival sun safety tips, visit www.nhs.uk/

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