Getting a sunburn is a very bad, it looks bad, hurts, peels and inflicts long-lasting, wrinkle-inducing damage and is especially bad for children, so here are four ways to ease the pain and limit the damage…

If you feel the tale-tell tingling of a burn or see any sign of skin reddening on yourself or your child, get out of the sun and start treatment.

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– Take a cool shower or bath, rub on a moisturizing cream or lotion to soothe the skin. Repeat frequently to make peeling and flaking less noticeable. And consider a product containing vitamin C and vitamin E: It might help limit skin damage, no scrubbing, picking or peeling your skin or breaking blisters.

– Drink extra water, juice and sports drinks for a couple of days and watch for signs of dehydration: Dry mouth, thirst, reduced urination, headache, dizziness and sleepiness.

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-Take (or give your child) a dose of ibuprofen e.g Advil as soon as you see signs of sunburn and keep it up for the next 48 hours, it might prevent some long-term skin damage.

-If a blistering burn covers more of the body, seek medical attention. Anyone with a sunburn who is suffering fevers and chills should also seek medical help, he says. Use sunscreen, covering up with clothing and hats and avoiding the sun as much as possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


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