Stop The Sizzle: Summer Sunburn Solutions

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Ouch! There’s nothing quite like the sizzle from a bad summer sunburn. And if it’s your kid who is suffering, that can make it even worse. Let’s talk about summer sunburn solutions to help get rid of the sizzle–both before and after it starts.

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Important facts about summer sunburns

In spite of your best efforts as a parent and the use of sun protection clothing and 50+ SPF, sometimes it happens and your child gets a sunburn. When it happens to them, there are some important things to be aware of:

  • Push fluids and keep your child drinking, because sunburns are dehydrating!
  • If your child has a bad sunburn, watch for symptoms such as fever or lethargy. Call your pediatrician if they occur.

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Summer sunburn solutions

There are some chemical sprays and solutions available to treat a sunburn, but you don’t necessarily want to use them for your child. I’ve got some effective summer sunburn solutions that are natural, chemical-free, and work for you or the littles.

  • Use an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a soft cloth to cool the sunburn.
  • Take a cool {meaning tepid water} shower or bath. Don’t use any soaps, body scrubs, or lotions.
  • Add some baking soda or finely ground oatmeal to your cool bath. Either one helps reduce the redness and pain of a sunburn.
  • Did your grandmother use witch hazel on her skin? She was smart! Witch hazel is a natural anti-inflammatory and really helps soothe a summer sunburn. Wet a cloth with witch hazel and use it as a cold compress.
  • Aloe Vera is a known sunburn soother, and if you have an aloe vera plant, you don’t even have to leave the house. If you have a plant, just split one of the leaves and apply the gel to your sunburn.
  • It might make your child smell like a salad, but vinegar contains a natural acid that soothes sunburn pain and inflammation. Just add a cup of white or cider vinegar to the bath water and soak.

The next time you have a sunburn to treat, try one or all of these summer sunburn solutions for quick relief. For more on summer safety, check out our post on everything summer safety.

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