But sometimes they’ll get a little burnt, so what can we do about it?
Any treatment you use should be all about soothing discomfort whilst the body does its job, as there’s no ‘cure’.
Keep kids cool, but not too cold! Cold compresses held against burnt areas are great for soothing pain, but be careful of putting ice directly on the skin. A cool bath or shower can help as well, but not for too long.
Avoid using soaps as they can dry the skin further and are irritating – which will only make discomfort worse.
Use a moisturiser (no alcohol) over affected areas. It’s best applied just after they get out of the bath or shower as it helps to trap water within the top layer of skin. Some also swear that aloe vera works well. Never apply butter!
If kids are really uncomfortable some ibuprofen or paracetamol can help ease the pain and improve a nights sleep.
Ensure kids are drinking plenty, because that burn could just be the first sign of a significant heat exposure, which can lead to dehydration.
Never pop blisters. Ever. The blister lid keeps the fragile skin underneath clean and sterile. And whilst we’re on the topic of blisters – their presence, even just one, indicates that more sever burn and requires a check from your doctor.
And lastly – learn from the lesson! Keep your kids out of the sun, apply sunscreen every couple of hours, and allow it to absorb fully before jumping in the water.
Peeling sunburnt skin
The peeling is part of the natural healing process of the skin, and no cream can prevent it.
Now mums, this is where you MUST resist the urge to pull and tug at the loose bits! There should NEVER be a prize for the biggest sheet you can pull off. Just leave it alone to shed in it’s own time, as it gives the new skin underneath plenty of time to mature.
Lastly, keep the newly exposed skin clean and moist, even using an antiseptic cream.
Bottom line, just be smart this summer.