Pediatric Sunburn

What is sunburn?

Sunburn is a viable reaction of the skin’s exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the invisible rays that are part of sunlight. Ultraviolet rays can also cause invisible damage to the skin.Exposure to the sun during daily activities and play causes the most sun damaged. Overexposure to suinlight before age 18 8s most damaging to the skin. UV rays are strongest during summer months when the sun is directly overhead (normally between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM)

Symptoms of Sunburn

Redness, swelling of skin, pain,  blisters, fever, chills, weakness, dry, itchy, and peeling skin days after sunburn. (Always consult a physician for the correct diagnosis)

What us First Aid for Sunburn?

  1. Give the child a cool bath. 
  2. Give acetaminophen or ibuprophen for discomfort. (read directions)
  3. Apply a topical moisturizer, aloe gel, hydrocortisone cream or topical pain relie to sunburned skin. Do not use products that contain Benadryl or benzocaine due to possible allergy.
  4. If blisters, do not break them open.
  5. Keep child out of the sun

  Prevent Sunburn

Stay: Stay away from the sun

Block: Apply the lotion 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply

Cover up: Cover up using protective clothing.

What are Sunscreens?

Sunscreens protect the skin against sunburns and play an important role in blocking the penetration of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. However, sunscreens do not protect 100%

Use sunscreens for all children above the age of 6 months regardless of skin type.

Apply 30 minutes before going out in the sun

Use a sunscreen with SPF of 20 to 30 offers substantial protection from sunburn but prevents tanning.


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