Using sun cream and being sensible in the sun should usually prevent sunburn. However, if burning does happen you will need to cool the skin (a tepid bath can be soothing), wear light cotton clothing and apply an after sun cream or a calamine-based lotion or cream.
If the sunburn still really hurts, please consult your Pharmacist.
Top tips for keeping kids sun safe
Children's skin is more delicate than that of adults and more vulnerable to sun damage. In fact, research shows that sun damage during childhood can increase the risk of skin cancer later in life.
Use sunscreen abroad, and at home between April and September. Apply a generous amount of SPF30 (or higher) sunscreen 15 minutes before your child goes outside. Reapply every two hours. Do not forget shoulders, nose, ears, cheeks and the tops of their feet.
Use a water resistant sunscreen. When they have come out of the water and dried off, reapply it and put them in dry clothing; wet clothing stretches and can lose up to half of its
Keep them covered. When kids are playing outside, give them extra protection with closely woven cotton clothing – ideally a T-shirt, rather than a vest, and a hat to cover their head.
Keep them hydrated. Children get dehydrated much quicker than adults, so ensure they have plenty to drink.
Keep them out of the midday sun. When the sun is at its peak, from 11am to 3pm, take children indoors or sit in the shade. Use a beach umbrella or canopy to create your own shade if necessary.
Do not forget term times. Sun safety applies all summer. Generously apply lotion to all areas of exposed skin before your child goes to school in the morning.
Get them into sunglasses and hats. Wraparound sunglasses with the UV400 stamp and a hat with a brim is recommended
Remember suncare on cloudy days. It is still possible to burn even when the sun is not out, so do not forget to apply sunscreen regularly.
Summer Health: Sun Care infographic
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