Preventing Baby Sunburn

Help your child avoid sunburn by keeping him out of the sun during peakexposure hours and covering him up whenever he's outside. Hats, longsleeves and pants, umbrellas, and stroller shades offer great protection.Remember, your child can get sunburned at any time of the year, in anyweather — cloudy or bright.

Treating Sunburn
If your child does get sunburned, ease his discomfort by placing a coolwashcloth on the burned skin for at least 20 minutes. Your healthcareprovider might also recommend acetaminophen or ibuprofen. A greasy ointmentlike petroleum jelly or a moisturizing lotion will help heal your child'sskin, lessen his pain, and prevent dryness. If the sunburn blisters, it's asecond-degree burn and needs prompt medical attention.

Be sure to take extra precautions to avoid re-burning: Any skin that's been damaged by the sun will need extraprotection for a full year. Learn more about sun safety and baby skin care.

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