No matter what age you are, it is not fun to have a sunburn. As a child a sunburn can put a halt on all of your summer fun and activities, and not to mention all of the complications that can arise from a child having been burned by the sun. Many people today with skin cancer, and premature aging were burned at least once when they were a child.
Overexposure to the sun can cause mild sunburn, even though you may not have any serious complications, the skin is still burned and it is still painful, with the pain increasing over the next twenty-four hours. If you notice that your child has sunburn, the first line of defense is to get him out of the sun, because the damage has already begun.
Keep in mind that the longer that your child is out in the sun the worse it will get, and you may have more serious problems on your hands, since the longer they are exposed the more their skin will burn causing 2nd degree burns associated with blisters.
The first thing you will need to do when treating a sunburn is to give them some kind of pain reliever, this will help to relive some of the pain and if there is a fever, can help to control it.
Read on to learn how to treat children’s sunburns.
In order to help further relive the pain, is to get them into a lukewarm bath, making sure that is not to hot or too cool. Let them soak in it as long as possible. As a word of caution, do not use any type of soap or wash their hair at this point. This will only cause further irritation to the skin and may cause unnecessary itching. When they are done soaking and are ready to get out of the tub, pat them dry, being careful not to rub the skin, this can cause dry burnt skin to crack, and can lead to infection.
If you have any Milk of Magnesia, gently rub it into their skin and let it dry without touching it. Since Milk of magnesia is all natural it will not cause any undo side effects, and when dry will provide a barrier against germs. I suggest this over all of the other products used today, since it has no harsh chemicals in it.
When I was a child, I used to get burnt all of the time. One of my dad’s favorite remedies to use was baking soda; he would apply a baking soda paste to my skin 3 times a day until it was gone.
Like apple cider vinegar and yogurt, baking soda helps to balance pH, the skin’s acid/alkaline balance.
• Add 1/4 cup baking soda to a warm bath for an effective sunburn-healing soak.
• Have your child soak for 15 minutes.
Aloe has the unique ability to help skin renew itself by stimulating cellular metabolism, thereby promoting oxygen exchange and increasing the absorption of nutrients. Aloe contains the anti-oxidant vitamins A and C; the minerals copper, selenium, and magnesium; and zinc, a powerful virus fighter. The following method works well for a localized burn.
• Rather than cutting from the tip or half way down the stalk, cut it at its base.
• Slit the stalk horizontally, exposing the gelatinous interior.
• Using the thickest, juiciest section for the burn, cut a piece large enough to completely cover the burn and its surrounding tissue.
• Place the entire piece on the area (gel and peel, gel side toward the burn).
• Cover the aloe with roller gauze and surgical tape to keep it firmly in place.
• Leave on overnight or, if burn occurred early in the day, cut a fresh piece of aloe to make a new dressing and leave on overnight.
• The remaining stalk of aloe may be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated over night.
• In the morning, cut a new piece of the refrigerated aloe to make a fresh dressing.
• Repeat applications twice a day until area is healed.