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Treating Your Child’s Sunburn

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Young girl with sun glasses and cotton candyNo matter how hard you try to prevent it, your kids may still end up sunburned this summer. If you’ve ever had one, you know the pain and discomfort a sunburn can cause, but luckily there are ways for you to ease this pain for your children.

Not only are sunburns uncomfortable, but they can be potentially dangerous. If your kids get frequent or severe sunburns, this can increase the risk of skin cancer in the future. Because of this, it’s important that you do everything you can to prevent a sunburn. But if your child still winds up with one, we’ve included some tips below.

Treating Your Child’s Sunburn

  • Oatmeal – Add a cup of oatmeal to your child’s bathwater and allow him or her to soak for 20 minutes to a half hour. The oatmeal can provide your child with almost immediate relief from the pain of a sunburn.
  • Cucumbers – Cucumbers have hydrating and cooling effects as well as plenty of antibiotics and analgesic properties. Blend half a cucumber in a blender and apply the paste to your child’s sunburn.
  • Aloe Vera – Aloe vera is great for a variety of skin issues, including sunburns. Aloe can’t heal the burn, but it can provide immediate relief. Aloe is also great in that it can be applied as often as 5 or 6 times each day.
  • Milk – Soak a cotton ball or some sterile gauze in cool milk and apply it to your child’s sunburn. A thin film will form over the burn, easing the pain and discomfort.
  • Cool Showers – Lastly, there’s nothing quite as soothing as taking a cool (not cold!) shower after suffering from a sunburn. Just avoid using bar soaps on your child’s skin, as this may further irritate the burn.

Here at Camp Little Tooth, your child’s health and safety are important to us! Please remember to apply sunscreen liberally and often! To make an appointment at our dental office or for more tips on keeping your children healthy, please contact Camp Little Tooth. Our children’s dentist is located here in beautiful Lafayette, Colorado!

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