Grandma’s remedies for sunburn. Always keeping in mind, however, that prevention is better than cure. And that sunburn, especially in children, can be responsible for more serious problems in the future.
by Alessia Altavilla
Excessive exposure to the sun without due caution most of the time gives rise to real burns which manifest themselves, within a few hours, with redness of the skin, erythema, swelling, blistering (in the most serious cases), fever, headache, dehydration, tremor.
Especially children are exposed to phenomena of this type if not adequately protected (use specific sun creams that must be applied several times during the day, especially after baths and showers, avoid the hours between 11.00 and 15.00, wear caps and glasses …) since their skin is particularly delicate and sensitive to the action of ultraviolet rays.
Therefore, I stressed that Prevention is better than cure and that burns, possibly repeated, at a young age can cause serious damage to the skin and health in the future, what to do in case of burns?
- If after long exposure to the sun the skin becomes red or spotted, immediately apply cold or lukewarm water to the affected area to relieve pain. If necessary, leave the baby in the cold shower for a few minutes and then apply an after-sun cream for the skin of the little ones (those based on aloe vera are perfect).
- To relieve discomfort, apply milk-based products (milk or yogurt) to the skin using a handkerchief to spread them on the affected area and leave them to act for a few minutes before removing them with warm water. For this purpose, ice tea packs can also be useful.
- Some substances contained in potatoes, onions and cucumbers also offer an emollient and refreshing effect, which can be applied directly to the affected area, leaving them to act for about fifteen minutes.
- Avoid using ice cubes directly on the skin so as not to worsen the situation (in case of fever, however, to lower the temperature, it might be useful to put the ice in a cloth bag and place it on the baby’s forehead to cool it down and lower the temperature).
- Avoid exposing the child to the sun in the days following the sunburn. Preferring, however, to take it to the beach in the morning and in the late afternoon.
- To relieve the pain, if it is very intense, or in case of fever and headache, it is possible to give the child medicines based on paracetamol (for example, Tachipirina).
- If the inflammation of the skin is very extensive and deep and blisters are present, a cream containing 0.5% hydrocortisone can be used after consultation with the pediatrician.
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