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Health Tip: Soothing a Child's Sunburn

-- If your child has an uncomfortable sunburn, here are suggestions to help it heal and to soothe the youngster's pain, courtesy of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital:

  • Give the child a cool bath.
  • Apply a cool compress.
  • Apply a moisturizer, aloe or hydrocortisone cream. Avoid products with Benadryl or benzocaine to minimize the risk of a reaction.
  • Give the child acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain.
  • Leave any blisters alone to reduce risk of infection. Do not try to pop or drain them.
  • Keep the child out of the sun until the burn heals.
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Posted: May 2008