Should my kids wear sunglasses? December 15 2013

As many of you know I wasn't born in Australian and grew up in the cooler European climate where sun protection is not as important as it is here in Australia.

My son Max on the other hand was born here Down Under and of course I was confronted with this issue like any other Aussie Mum. I installed the SunSmart app on my iphone and discovered that the sun protection is required most days at least from 9 to 5. We follow SunSmart's guidance religiously and never go out of the house on sunny day without a hat and sun cream. But what about children's eyes? Do they need to wear sunglasses as adults do? I did some research and here is what I found on abc.net.au:

"Well, kids should definitely wear sunglasses while they are outside, says Dr Michael Jones, paediatric eye specialist at the Children's Hospital at Westmead and the Sydney Eye Hospital, NSW.

In fact, wearing sunglasses as a youngster can help protect against the most common eye conditions that develop later in life.

We tend to forget that a lot of our sun exposure happens when we are children, when we spend a lot of time outdoors in direct sunlight, Jones says.

UV light from the sun is a form of radiation and it can damage cells in the eye.

There's no firm evidence that children's eyes are more susceptible to UV light than adults'. But we do know the longer eyes are exposed without protection the more damage they accumulate from these harmful rays."

That is a pretty clear YES. It will help to justify some parents spending up to $100 on Ray Ban's sunnies :-) Guilty? But seriously sun glasses don't have to cost a fortune. For sunglasses to be good quality sunglasses they have to have standard UV 400 lenses or 100% UV protection. Don't buy the coloured sunglasses as they won't protect your child's precious eyes. Most of those styles are only made for fun. You can have a look at the Cancer Council as they have a small range of children styles and of course here at Brands For Kids.

And keep in mind, it is never too early to for a child to wear sunglasses and they do look so cool!

Do your children wear sunglasses?