Three kids hospitalised due to sunburn

Three kids hospitalised due to sunburn

Three children were brought to hospital in the capital over the weekend as Ireland enjoyed its hottest days of the year so far.

The mercury hit 27 degrees in part of the country and in Dublin three children had to be brought to hospital.

One child under the age of five was brought to the Emergency Department in Temple Street with sunburn.

In previous years more children may have been expected to present and one source said it appeared parents were getting more sun smart.

Meanwhile, two children were brought to Our Lady's Hospital in Crumlin with an illness related to the prolonged sunshine.

The HSE has advice for people to ensure that children and babies, who have much more sensitive skin, are kept safe in the sun.

The advice is as follows:

  • Keep babies under 6 months in the shade.
  • Keep older children safe by following the SunSmart Code:
  • Slip on sun protective clothing
  • Slap on a hat - a wide brim that gives shade to the face, neck and ears
  • Slop on sunscreen – use appropriate factor and reapply often and always after swimming.
  • Seek shade – especially between 11 a.m and 3 p.m.
  • Wear wrap-around sunglasses from as early an age as possible

Laura Larkin