Home Remedies For Sunburn For Kids
Spring and summer mean lots of outdoor activities for kids. After long confinement inside the house due to harsh winter, children listen to no excuse to remain inside the house. When kids are outside, it is important to protect their skin to prevent melanoma and skin damage from too much sun exposure says a visiting dermatologist in a preschool in La Canada Flintridge, CA.
Sun exposure to some extent is necessary for both young and old because our body makes vitamin D when the body is exposed to the sun. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium for stronger, healthier bones. But, too much-unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, eye damage, immune system suppression, and in the long run skin cancer too. So, protect your kid’s skin from sunburn with the help of proper sunscreen cream. According to a preschool caregiver, you need to apply and reapply this cream on your child if they stay for a long time outside.
What is sunburn?
Even when we do our best to prevent sunburn, it sometimes happens. Sunburn is a red painful skin reaction after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. These UV rays can cause invisible damage to the skin. Excessive or multiple sunburns cause wrinkling ad premature aging. When a child gets sunburn the skin turns red and rough and sunburn leaves blisters which is often painful. The common symptoms of sunburn are redness, swelling of the skin, pain, blisters, dry itching, and peeling skin 3-4 days after the burn.
If your kid gets sunburn on their skin, you must visit a pediatric dermatologist and ask for his advice. According to a caregiver in La Canada Flintridge, CA at home you may also apply some very useful home remedies. The remedies are given below.
When dealing with a kid’s sunburn the first step should be cooling down the skin says a pediatric dermatologist. A cool bath or shower can soothe sunburn but do not scrub the skin or use products like bath oil, soap, or bubble bath. They can cause excessive dryness. Gently pat them dry to prevent irritation. But, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests leaving some water on the skin to keep it hydrated.
Ice is an excellent product to combat sunscreen. But there is a technique to apply ice on the skin. If you put ice on the skin for a long time, it will burn the skin. So before applying it wrap the ice cube with a handkerchief. Do not keep it on the skin for a long time.
Aloe Vera is one of the best remedies for sunburn. The gel from inside this cactus plant eases discomfort, speeds healing, and moisturizes the skin. Split a plant leaf and apply the gel directly or buy pure aloe Vera gel from the local drugstore. Aloe Vera is excellent for sunburn, so, if you do not have an aloe Vera plant in your house, you should get one for the sake of your kids. But, some kids may be allergic to the gel. So check their allergy before applying that.
Raw milk is excellent for sunburn. Freeze some milk and apply that to the burn. Leave it for 10-15 minutes so that the skin gets a chance to absorb the milk. Regular use of milk helps to get rid of sunburn pain within a few days.