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Updated 07 November 2013

Relieving sunburn in children

Children can get seriously sunburnt. Here are some tips to bring relief.

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Children can get seriously sunburnt. Here are some tips to bring relief:

  • Cool the affected area with cool water, damp cloths or take a cool bath or shower.
  • Apply a soothing lotion such as calamine lotion to affected areas.
  • Take paracetamol for headache, pain or fever.
  • Don’t cover affected areas with clothing if indoors.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid the sun for the next 48 hours.

To prevent sunburn, stay out of the sun between 10am and 4pm. When exposed to the sun, always use a sunblock with a sun protection factor of 15 or more. Small children should wear protective clothing and hats.

 
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