Preventing Baby Sunburn

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

Treating Sunburn
If your child does get sunburned, ease his discomfort by placing a cool washcloth on the burned skin for at least 20 minutes. Your healthcare provider might also recommend acetaminophen or ibuprofen. A greasy ointment like petroleum jelly or a moisturizing lotion will help heal your child's skin, lessen his pain, and prevent dryness. If the sunburn blisters, it's a second-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 extra protection for a full year. Learn more about sun safety and baby skin care.

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