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what can i do to soothe my baby's sunburn?

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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Cool compresses: Unfortunately once the baby is sunburned the damage is done, cool compresses may help with initial discomfort as well as tylenol (acetaminophen). Moisturizers and or aloe can soothe the healing process.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Cool and ease: Cool and ease the pain. Topical aloe vera may help with that as well. Bad sunburns can actually be partially helped by motrin, which works as an anti-inflammatory and topical 1% otc hydrocortisone. Blistery lesions or open lesions should not be messed with without seeing a physician first. Any fever, or more significant symptoms should be seen by a physician as well.

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What should I do if my baby gets sunburned?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Cool compresses: Baby's skins are very sensitive and burn easily. Try to prevent sunburns by always using sunscreen and staying in the shade. With a minor burn apply cool compresses, give an oatmeal bath and make sure the baby has plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. If the burn is blistering or baby has a fever bring to the doctor for evaluation.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is baby lotion good for sunburns?

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Dr. Stuart Bentkover
Facial Plastic Surgery 47 years experience
Baby lotion: As long as it is a first degree burn, not blistering, baby oil or aloe vera should be fine to sooth the burn. I prefer aloe vera. If there are blisters, it is a second degree burn, and you should see a physician.
Chicago, IL
A 31-year-old female asked:

Hello Drs Can my baby get sunburnt through car windows? Thank you

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, but it...: Takes a bit longer. In general, hydrocortisone (1% cream) is over-the-counter and helps when used twice a day for 3-4 days on mild sunburns. Parents should take their infant to the doctor if the infant is under 3 months old, if the sunburn area is more severe than just some redness, if the skin seems quite painful, if the infant is too fussy, if the sunburn covers more than 1/3 of the baby, etc...

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