Welsh hospital issues urgent sunburn warning to parents
A Welsh hospital has issued an urgent warning to parents about sunburn as the hot and sunny weather continues.
In the past two days, three children have been admitted to the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery at Morriston Hospital in Swansea with extensive sunburn – prompting doctors to urge parents to ensure their children are fully protected from the sun.
Temperatures are set to rise to highs of 30°C in Wales over the weekend, with high pressure moving in across most of the UK bringing a mini heatwave that could last until Friday July 23. You can read more about what is set to be the hottest weekend of the year here.
The hot weather also coincides with the start of the school summer holidays for many children in Wales.
A spokesman for the centre said: “We have seen three children admitted in the last two days with sunburn to fairly large areas of their bodies. As you can imagine, it’s quite painful and could have been avoided if they had applied protection.”
Offering advice on how best to guard against sunburn, Dr Zoe Lee said: “Our advice to parents is to encourage their children to play in the shade as much as possible, wear hats and long sleeves, and apply regular applications of sun cream to the skin.
“It’s also important to apply sun cream regularly and to keep hydrated.”