Sunburn Treatment

 Tylenol or ibuprofen started early and continued for 2 days can reduce the discomfort and swelling.

 Nonprescription 1% hydrocortisone cream applied 3 times each day may also decrease swelling and pain, but only if used early. Use a moisturizing cream until you can get the steroid cream. Avoid petroleum or other ointments because they keep heat and sweat from escaping.

 Cool baths or wet compresses several times daily. Add 2 oz baking soda per tub. Avoid soap on the sunburned skin.

 Offer extra fluids (water or other fluids) on the first day to replace the fluids lost into the sunburn and to prevent dehydration and dizziness.

 Trim skin of broken blisters to prevent infection

 Apply non prescription antibiotic ointment for any open blisters. Remove it with warm water and reapply it twice daily for 3 days. Call for appointment

 Several blisters break open.

 The sunburn looks infected.

 Your child becomes worse.

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