What should I do if my baby gets a sunburn?

By Grover Koelpin 1 comment

You wanted to know what you can do if your
child gets a sunburn. And sometimes, in spite of our best efforts,
they still happen. And so usually the redness occurs within 6
to 12 hours after exposure, and the worst of it usually happens within 24 hours of exposure. And if your child’s skin is just red, and
just a little bit tender, and they’re not showing any other signs of illness, then you
can usually get by by just putting a cool wash cloth on the sunburn, or bathing your
child in a cool bath, and possibly even giving over-the-counter pain relievers, and if you
have any questions about what’s appropriate or how much to give your child, call your
pediatrician’s office and they can give you tailored information and advice about that. But if your child has a fever, or blisters,
they’re vomiting, they’re just not acting like their self, they have a headache, or
they’re showing signs of dehydration, and they’re not responding when you increase
their fluid intake, or especially if your child is very small, then I do suggest having
them seen by a doctor. And after an examination and asking more specific
questions, the doctor can determine if further investigation or intervention is warranted. Sometimes, sunburns do cause heatstroke, or
infection from blisters, or severe dehydration, and those things do require intervention. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
cure, so do what you can to limit sun exposure when the sun’s rays are most intense between
10:00am and 4:00pm. And if you are going to be outside (because
that’s when a lot of us are able to go outside), make sure that you have sunscreen on and that
you reapply often enough to make sure that it’s still effective, that you’re all
staying hydrated, and use the covering of clothing for babies and small children. If you have any more questions in the future
for me, feel free to ask them on our Intermountain Moms Facebook and Instagram pages, and recommend
us to your friends and family too.

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Sep 9, 2019, 9:00 pm Reply

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