- Take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Consult your primary care physician about the correct dosage for your child.
- Apply over the counter one-half percent hydrocortisone or moisturizing creams three times a day to the burn.
- Cool baths or wet cloth can help if showers are too painful.
- Apply aloe vera gel to sunburned areas.
- Use petrolatum (Vaseline), butter or other ointments on a sunburn. They do not help relieve pain and are painful to remove.
- Use first aid creams or sprays for burns as they often cause a rash.
“It’s also important to remember to not use sunscreen on an infant younger than 6 months. Instead, if they have to be out in the sun make sure they are wearing long sleeve shirts, pants and a hat.”
See a doctor immediately if your child is unable to look at light because of eye pain, has a fever over 101 degrees or if blisters develop.
One of the best things you can do is be a good role model and demonstrate safe sun practices yourself. And remember, if you’re sending your kids outside, send the sunscreen with them!