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Updated 17 September 2015

First aid for sunburn

Sunburn easily results in first-degree burns, especially in young children.

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Sunburn easily results in first-degree burns, especially in young children. In severe cases, secondary burns could result. While children should be kept out of the sun between 10 am and 3 pm, parents can't always keep an eye. So what should you do if your child has had too much sun?

Take action:
If needed, treat the child for dehydration; soothe the burns with cool water or compresses and let the child rest in a cool room; 1% hydrocortisone cream relieves pain, and tea tree oil may soothe the burn; use paracetamol for pain; apply lotion to relieve itch from peeling; and watch for signs of heat exhaustion.

Prevention is better than cure. Visit our Skin Centre for more info.

 
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