From UV rays to noise pollution, here's why we need to protect our children's vital senses.
Why do babies & kids need sunglasses?
Children’s eyes are super delicate and, up until 8-9 years old, they don’t have a filter to block out UV light.
Did you know that behind tinted lenses, the iris opens up to allow more light in? If the lenses don’t protect properly, more UV light gets in, potentially causing damage. An inferior lens can do more harm than having no protection at all!
Just like how the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause damage to your skin, it can also cause extensive damage, photoaging, and even cancer in your eyes. As a parent, you would always ensure your child had sun cream on before playing out in the sun, so why wouldn’t you protect their eyes too? It is so important to protect your children’s eyes—especially when they’re very young—to prevent permanent damage in the future.
As an adult, you’d think nothing of spending £50+ for a pair of cool-looking sunglasses. However, a child’s eyes are more vulnerable to damage from the sun than an adults' because the cornea, lens and fluids are clearer, allowing more light to reach the retina.
Exposure to UV light increases the risk of cataracts (the clouding of the lens), pinguecula (the thickening of the white of the eye) and pterygium (a growth over the surface of the cornea).
Therefore, sunglasses are vital for protecting babies and children from the sun’s harmful rays.
Protect your child’s future eye health with sunglasses!
Why do babies and kids need ear protection?
As a parent or carer, you don’t want to be restricted on where you go as a whole family; from weddings, sporting events, air shows, music festivals and loud family gatherings. However, the level of noise at these events can be harmful to your little one’s hearing.
Repeated exposure to anything over 85db for long periods can result in Noise Induced Hearing Loss.
More than a third of all hearing loss is attributed to noise and is completely preventable!
Baby & children’s ear defenders safeguard young ears from the environment and protect from Noise Induced Hearing Loss. They are designed to attenuate harmful loud noises without shutting out other ambient sounds. Some ear defenders are suitable for children from 3 months old—check the advice of the brand you are buying from, and ensure they are fully tested to current BSEN standards and are CE certified.
What is noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)?
Noise Induced Hearing Loss is the loss of hearing that is caused by exposure to loud noises. The cochlea are damaged when exposed to loud noises. They can repair themselves, but only if a small amount of damage is done. However, repeated exposure to very loud noises can cause permanant damage. This is why it’s crucial to protect your child from an early age.
Can NIHL be prevented?
NIHL is definitely preventable with the right protection, so be aware of what noises can cause damage to little ears (those at or above 85 decibels).
City traffic, rock concerts, bulldozers, sirens and power mowers are all examples of noises over 85 decibels that, if exposed for a certain period of time, can cause damage to young ears.
Below is a list of common noises and their decibels:
- Aircraft at take-off (180)
- Fireworks (140)
- Chain saw (110)
- Amplified music (110)
- Lawn mower (90)
- Noisy office (90)
- Vacuum cleaner (80)
- City traffic (80)
- Normal conversation (60)
- Refrigerator humming (40)
- Leaves rustling (10)
- Calm breathing (10)
BANZ® has been helping parents to protect precious little eyes, skin and ears for over 15 years.
Designed in Australia & stringently tested by experts, Banz baby & kids sunglasses are where it all started and provide ultimate comfort and UV protection for fragile little eyes. Banz have a UV rating of 400 and are 100 percent safe and free of any toxic chemicals. Banz feature a soft silicone nose & brow piece, which is embedded into the frame for added comfort and to seal out all harmful rays. The frames are made from polycarbonate, which makes them virtually shatterproof, and the neoprene adjustable strap allows a perfect fit.
As well as their iconic Banz sunnies, Banz now protect babies & kids with their innovative UV sunhats, UV swimwear designs and industry leading hearing protection. Banz ear defenders are crafted from ultra-lightweight material in a low profile. The earmuffs have no protruding parts and are cushioned with foam, which gently rest around the ears. The headband is covered with high quality, soft leather, bringing an all-around comfort for your child.
Tested to the highest safety standards worldwide, BANZ® products combine safety you trust with styles you will love.