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What Should I Do If My Baby Gets Sunburned
Baby sunburn: Use a small child approved moisturizer probably with aloe and nothing to cause allergy or irritate the skin. No alcohol and no retin-a. Just use the moisturizer and keep the skin clean, all should heal fine...If not see a pediatrician. Be sure not to get anymore sunburns as future damage is being done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Protect baby's skin: Sunscreen is recommended for babies 6 months and up - for the littlest babies look for ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium oxide which are physical sunblocks. Look for UVA and B protection. Try to keep baby off the beach between 10 AM and 2 PM. Wear sun protective clothing. Rash guards are popular and attractive. Sunburn in childhood increases the risk of skin cancer. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mild burn: HC cream: Hydrocortisone cream (hc 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. . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sure, but...: ...It's not going to do much of anything. Soak some washcloths or small towels in cool water and apply them to the burned skin. Hydrocortisone cream will help decrease the inflammation as well. And learn the lesson that mr. Sun is trying to teach you: he is our friend, but we must respect his power; apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen when you go out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cool soaks.: Soak some washcloths or small towels in cool water and apply them frequently. For a baby, there's not much else to do except wait it out. The involved skin will peel as it heals - that's normal. But please learn a lesson from this and apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen to your baby (and yourself) whenever you go out in the sun. If you're out there for awhile, reapply it frequently. ...Read more
No.: Unless your sunburn is so severe that it affects your fluid and electrolyte levels (in which case you'd probably be in the hospital by now), it won't affect your baby. But please learn the lesson mr. Sun is trying to teach you - enjoy his warmth but respect his power. Apply a good sunscreen lotion every day. ...Read more
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