You forgot to apply sunscreen on your little one and she’s all flushed now.
You may not know how badly sunburned your child is till about 12 to 24 hours later. For milder burns (the type that just looks red), give her a cold bath, and gently apply aloe lotions or moisturisers to soothe discomfort.
It’ll probably take three to five days for the skin to heal, advises Associate Professor Daniel Goh, head and senior consultant from the department of paediatrics, Khoo Teck Puat-National University Children’s Medical Institute at National University Hospital.
With more severe burns, avoid breaking blisters to prevent skin infections. In this case, your child may need pain relief, intravenous fluids and antibiotics, and you should definitely see a doctor.
The best way to avoid all this pain? Apply sunblock every time you head out. Babies and young children have skin that’s more sensitive, so they need one that includes zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for better protection.
At the same time, look for formulas that are free of chemicals and fragrances, Prof Goh adds. Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 and higher for infants, and at least SPF 15 for older kids.