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What should you do if your baby gets sunburn

Your baby’s skin is very delicate. Despite your best efforts to protect her, unfortunately sunburn can occasionally happen. You may not realise your baby has sunburn straight away. It could take several hours before the redness and pain of the burn appears.

If your baby’s sunburn looks red and sore:

  • Soak a cloth in cool water, wring it out, and then gently place it on the sunburnt area for 10 minutes to 15 minutes. Do this several times a day.
  • Bath your baby in tepid water to help cool her skin and reduce the redness.
  • Gently apply a moisturiser or an emollient to soothe her skin.
  • Offer extra breastfeeds or drinks to help cool her down and to replace any fluids that she has lost through sweating.

If your baby’s sunburn is severe, and her skin is tender, swollen and blistering, call your GP. She may prescribe a soothing cream and a dressing for the blisters, and suggest you give your baby infant paracetamol to ease her discomfort.

Original article: https://www.babycentre.co.uk/a553935/keeping-your-baby-safe-in-the-sun