5 Tips to Relieve Sunburn Pain

Summer brings all kinds of fun, mornings at the park, afternoons at the pool, and evenings catching fireflies on the lawn. It can also bring discomfort to you and your little one if one of you ends up with sunburn. The best sunburn related tips involve steps to prevent it in the first place. To avoid sunburn, make sure you and your little one (if they're old enough) use and reapply sunscreen, spend as much time as possible in the shade, always wear a hat, and avoid spending time outside during the hottest parts of the day. If you or your little one do end up with a sunburn, there are several things you can do for relief. 

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Take a Cool Shower
When you or your little one’s skin feels hot and red, hopping into a cool shower can help. If your little one is too young to shower on their own, don’t hesitate to take them in your arms and hop in.

Use a Cold Compress
If the sunburn is contained to one small spot (like the tops of shoulders or the lower back) use a cold compress to find relief. Apply the compress for as long as is comfortable.

Apply Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a classic sunburn remedy for a reason. Rub this plant-based moisturizer on the affected area as often as desired. It can feel particularly good to apply right after you hop out of the shower while your skin is still wet.

Stick with Loose Clothes
While the clothes you choose won’t make sunburn heal any faster, wearing the wrong clothes can certainly make it more painful. Choose loose clothing that doesn’t have any tight bands or seams that will rub across the area that is sunburned.

Avoid the Sun
Until the sunburn has healed, it’s important to stay out of the sun to avoid making it worse. Choose indoor activities, keep cool, and remember to reapply sunscreen next time! 

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If you’re concerned about you or your little one's sunburn, don’t hesitate to call a doctor. Likely they’ll tell you to try the tips and tricks above but, if you’re still in pain, they might have you come in for a look. Good luck this summer!

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5 Tips to Relieve Sunburn Pain

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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  1. Dana says:

    Thanks for putting all five tips on one web page instead of showing just one at a time and making me keep clicking on “next.” First time I’ve read through all the tips in one of your site’s articles in a long time. Found the tips to be informative.

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