Why does my child need to wear Sunglasses?
Baby BanZ are a necessity to cover infant and toddler eyes from the harmful rays of UV (ultra violet) light. Until approx 8-9 yrs old a child has no filters in the eye to block out UV light. You can actually do MORE harm to the eye if you put an inferior lens in front of the eye! Behind tinted lenses, the iris opens to allow more light into the eye; if the lens doesn't protect properly, and more UV light gets into the eye potentially damaging the child's eye.
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How do I teach my child to wear Baby BanZ?
Wearing sunglasses, just like wearing sunscreen or fastening a seat belt, is a learned phenomenon. Kids learn fast, but if you don't teach them to wear sunglasses, they will never learn. Here are some of our suggestions on how you can get your child to love wearing Baby BanZ.
1) When you first put Baby BanZ on your child they should be in the sun - not indoors.
2) Make sure the polycarbonate lenses on the sunglasses are clean. If not, clean them with a lens cleaner and soft cloth. If you don't have lens cleaner, soap and water will do. Just don't dry them with an abrasive paper towel.
3) Center the sunglasses so the nosepiece rests on the tiny bridge of the nose and the straps above the ears. Adjust the neoprene strap to be just tight enough so that they don't slip down, but not tighter. If they are too snug they will not want to wear them.
4) It is normal, especially for infants, to try to pull the glasses off at first. But the more you put them back on and encourage them to wear them, the easier it gets. Start your child as young as possible. Remember that wearing sunglasses for 5 minutes the first time is wonderful. It's a new experience so build the time up gradually.
What is the UV protection of Baby BanZ and Kidz BanZ?
The lenses are a UV400 lens. These lenses block out the entire spectrum of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays from the sun. UVA rays are thought to be more harmful to the skin; they cause sunburn and get below the outer layer of skin. UVB rays are the rays thought to be the worst on the eye and causing damage to the retina and lens with overexposure and under-protection. UVC rays are extremely dangerous but do not reach the earth's surface due to absorption in the atmosphere.
What are the Sunglasses made from?
Baby BanZ frames and lenses made from polycarbonate material. This material makes Baby BanZ virtually shatterproof and ensures that they stand up to wear and tear.
Can Baby and Kidz BanZ be fitted with prescription lenses?
Yes! Our Baby and Kidz BanZ sunglasses are Rx-able and are capable of being cold fitted with a prescription lens up to +/ - 8 diopters. You will need to purchase the Baby or Kidz BanZ of your choice and take them to your optician to be fitted with the lenses.
What are the straps made from?
Baby BanZ headbands are made from Neoprene. Neoprene is the same material used to make wetsuits; it is stretchy and easy to clean with warm soap and water. The material is very soft and comfortable on the little heads; it also keeps the glasses where they are supposed to be - OVER the child’s eyes. An added bonus is that it floats in water to avoid loss at the pool or beach.
Are Adventure BanZ sunglasses adjustable?
Adventure BanZ headbands adjust and secure with a hook and loop closure system (Velcro). This allows parents/children to loosen and tighten the glasses as they take them off and on and prolongs the use of the BanZ as they “grow” with the child.
What are the swimsuits made of, how do they fit and what amount of UV protection do they offer?
The swimwear is made of a nylon spandex blend similar to the material used to make most swimwear, but, unlike most swimsuits, BanZ swimwear is specially made with a built-in UV protection factor for extra protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. BanZ swimwear is designed to be loose fitting for your child’s comfort. All swimwear has been clinically tested to a rating of UPF 50+.Baby BanZ swimwear is CHEMICAL FREE! The UPF factor comes from the tightness of the weave of the materials we use. The UPF will never wash or wear out!
What is the UV protection of BanZ Sun Hatz?
Baby BanZ Sun Hats are the best in the market for protection and breathability. Our bucket hats are made of 100% Cotton/100% Polyester and offer UPF protection of 50+. Others’ hats made of synthetic materials do a good job of keeping the sun off, but make the head hot because they don’t let air in and under the hat. And as most parents know, if the hat is comfortable, it is more likely to stay on little heads!
Information on Hearing Loss - Education is the Key
BanZ earmuffs were developed because BanZ believes hearing is precious and something that needs to be protected. Children should be taught the dangers of noise exposure and instructed to use ear protection when necessary. We believe that if you can teach children from a young age that their hearing is precious, and you protect them from becoming accustomed to excessively loud noises, they will be more likely to look after their hearing as they move into their teenage years. More than a third of all hearing loss is attributed to noise: loud music, loud workplaces, loud recreational equipment, due to these things people are losing their hearing at a younger age than they were 30 years ago. BanZ Ear muffs are designed to protect young children from noise-induced hearing loss.
What is noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)? Noise-induced hearing loss is essentially that loss of hearing that is caused by exposure to loud noises. When exposed to loud noise the tiny hairs inside the ear (more specifically the cochlea) are damaged. These hairs can repair themselves if only a small amount of damage is done, however over time repeated exposure to loud noise can cause permanent damage.
What can cause noise-induced hearing loss? NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to an intense impulse sound, such as an explosion, or by continuous exposure to loud sounds over an extended period of time, such as noise generated in a woodworking shop. The loudness of sound is measured in units called decibels. For example, the humming of a refrigerator is 40 decibels, normal conversation is approximately 60 decibels, and city traffic noise can be 85 decibels. Sources of noise that can cause NIHL include motorcycles, firecrackers, and small firearms, all emitting sounds from 120 to 150 decibels. Long or repeated exposure to sounds at or above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. The louder the sound, the shorter the time period before NIHL can occur. Sounds of less than 75 decibels, even after long exposure, are unlikely to cause hearing loss.
Below is a table that outlines different noisy activities and the exposure times until hearing damage.
Activity Average decibels Exposure time until hearing damage
Gunshot 165db Immediate
Rocket launch 180db Immediate
Power tools 100db 15 minutes
Speedboat 110db 2 minutes
Lawnmower 90db 2 hours
Personal stereo system on max level 105db 4 minutes
Chainsaw 110db 2 minutes
Jackhammer 120db 15 seconds
Average Rock concert 110db 2 minutes
Chainsaw 110db 2 minutes
Firecrackers 140db Immediate
Who is affected by NIHL? People of all ages, including children, teens, young adults and older people, can develop NIHL. Exposure occurs in the workplace, in recreational settings and at home. Recreational activities that can put someone at risk of NIHL include target shooting and hunting, woodworking, listening to or playing loud music and other hobbies. Harmful noises at home can come from music, lawnmowers, leafblowers and other power tools.
Can NIHL be prevented? NIHL is 100 percent preventable. All individuals should understand the hazards of noise and how to practice good hearing health in everyday life. To protect your hearing: Know which noises can cause damage (those at or above 85 decibels). Wear earplugs or other hearing protective devices when involved in a loud activity Be alert to hazardous noise in the environment. Protect the ears of children who are too young to protect their own. Make family, friends, and colleagues aware of the hazards of noise. If you suspect hearing loss, have a medical examination by an otolaryngologist (a physician who specializes in diseases of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck) and a hearing test by an audiologist (a health professional trained to measure and help individuals deal with hearing loss).