Taking the Ouch! Out of Sunburn

In spite of your best effort in applying sunscreen and avoiding the extreme effects of sunlight, it happened.  Your child’s skin has sustained an awful sunburn.  “Mommy, it hurts!” cries are beckoning your attention.

Here are some measures that you can take to help soothe the painful, reddened skin:

  • DO NOT break any blisters that may have formed on the skin.  If you do, you run the risk of infection.  It will also take longer for them to heal.  If your child is annoyed by them cover them up with a light gauze dressing.
  • Give your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain relief and/or their anti-inflammatory properties according to directions.
  • Keep the area moist.  Apply a moisturizer, hydrocortisone cream, or aloe for relief.
  • Apply cold compresses to the area or allow your child to bathe in cool bath water.

After a few days you may notice peeling skin.  Continue the use of moisturizer’s to the skin.  Your child’s body is reacting to the burn and trying to rid itself of the damaged portion of the skin.  If your child’s burn is severe, not improving or if there is high fever or pain visit your child’s pediatrician for further evaluation and treatment.

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About Angel Lynn Diamond

I am a mom to my precious one and only, a nurse in a heartwarming adult living facility, and a freelance writer. I am "Angel" to the one who has been in my life since January of 2006 and has made a joyful difference. I am a featured contributing writer for Rich Women Sisterhood, families.com, and a writing and health advisor on Just Answer. As well, I write greeting cards, articles in health, relationships, diet, fitness, parenting, inspiration and travel. I have also written for A Distinctive Style magazine. I reside in Upstate, NY and enjoy spending time with my loved ones, writing, crafting, the outdoors, and fitness.