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Sunburn

No matter how careful you are, your child will probably suffer at least a few mild sunburns. A severe burn can be painful and may even be accompanied by fever symptoms. The sun can be tricky: For example, on a long car trip, window glass won’t prevent sunburn, and it may even intensify heat and light. If the sunburn is on an extended area of the body, with blistering, it may indicate a second-degree burn. These cases may lead to infection and require a doctor to follow the treatment.

For Minor Burns:

WHAT TO DO

Give Jimmy pain medication.

Use an over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone solution to treat the irritation.

WHAT NOT TO DO

Don’t apply ice. It will be painful, and it won’t help.

Don’t let Jimmy go back into the sun before the burn heals. That means until the peeling is done and the new skin isn’t bright pink. If he must go out again, make sure he wears a shirt, but be aware that most fabric is only equivalent to about SPF 10, so use a high-SPF sunscreen under the shirt