Soothing kids sunburn

Tips to help you sooth your child’s sunburn and find out when you should seek help.  

Sunburn can happen to anyone in a little as 15 minutes and as young skin is very sensitive to the elements, it’s especially important to protect our kids from the sun’s harmful UV rays. 

However, if your child does experience sunburn, try some of these tips to get relief:
  • Get them to drink plenty of water.
  • Apply cool compresses or bathe them in cool water.
  • Apply an after-sun product such as aloe vera to help soothe and moisturise skin. 
  • Keep them out of the sun until their sunburn has healed.
  • Try to prevent them picking or scratching at peeling skin. 
  • If your child is severely sunburnt and/or experiencing dizziness, nausea or vomiting after sun exposure, seek medical advice.

Generations of Australian’s have grown up with the slogan – Slip, Slop, Slap. The Cancer Council has now adapted it to include Seek (shade) and Slide (on sunglasses). 

These five words are a great way to remember how to keep your family sun safe this summer and always. 
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