If you didn’t follow our tips about choosing and wearing sunscreen then you may find yourself asking how do I treat this sunburn?
When to Call the Doctor
If your baby is younger than 1 year and gets sunburn, call your pediatrician right away. For older children, call your child’s doctor if there is blistering, pain, or a fever.
How to Soothe Sunburn
Here are 5 ways to relieve discomfort from mild sunburn:
- Hydrate! Give your child water or 100% fruit juice to replace lost fluids.
- Use cool water on the skin to soothe and help your child’s skin feel better.
- Give your child medicine like Tylenol or Ibuprofen rto relieve painful sunburns. (For a baby 6 months or younger, give acetaminophen/Tylenol only. For a child older than 6 months, give either acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Please use the correct dosage – read the box or call your pediatrician if you have questions.)
- Use aloe or other soothing lotions. Only use medicated lotions if your child’s doctor says it is OK.
- Keep your child out of the sun until the sunburn is fully healed. We understand this is not fun but it is a must!
- Baby Sunburn Prevention
- Teens and Sun: Keeping Them Safe Without Ruining Their Fun
- Sunburn: Treatment and Prevention
- Teens & Tanning: Safety Information for Parents
- Preventing Skin Cancer (Audio)
- Ultraviolet Radiation: a Hazard to Children and Adolescents (AAP Policy Statement)