Children are particularly prone to getting sunburn because they spend so much time outdoors. Many kids just love to stay at the beach and never seem to want to get out of the water. There are dangers and health risks associated with sunburn, so it is crucial to be sun smart. In this section, we offer a range of sunscreens that are specially formulated for children. Browse and buy online, and have your purchase couriered directly to your door. Why do children need sunscreen? | Health risks of sunburn | Signs of sunburn | First aid | When to seek emergency care | Tips for sun protection | What is the best sunscreen for kids? | Applying sunscreen Prices are Inclusive of GST (sales Tax).
Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
- Just like adults, the following signs can tell you that your child has sunburn:
- Reddened skin
- Skin is hot to touch
- Skin is tender to touch
- Painful skin
- Peeling off skin
- Blisters with fluid
- General feeling of illness
Put them in a cool, not cold shower or bath. If this is not possible, apply cool compresses as often as necessary on the affected area. Be mindful that the following parts of the body are the ones that get burnt fastest: neck, nape, nose, cheeks, shoulders, back and arms.
Give him extra fluids for the next 2-3 days. This will help rehydrate the skin. Choose fruits and vegetable juices that are particularly helpful in repairing damaged skin and those that have cooling effects. Examples are: cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, melon and grapes.
Give a pain reliever, if needed. You may also opt to give anti-inflammatory medicines to help arrest the inflammation of the skin.
Immediately apply moisturising products. Products that contain Aloe Vera, oatmeal and witch hazel are particularly helpful in soothing pain and relieving itching.
Do not leave the sunburned parts to become further exposed to sunlight as this will prolong the healing process.
Make sure your child wears long sleeves and long pants until the sunburned parts are completely healed.
When do I need to seek emergency care?
- The sunburn has formed blisters and your child is in extreme pain
- You child's face has swollen from sunburn
- Sunburn affects a large area of the skin
- Your child develops fever or chills after getting sunburned
- Your child complains of headache, confusion or dizziness
- You notice signs of dehydration (e.g. increased thirst or dry eyes and mouth)
How can you protect your child from getting sunburn?
- Keep them under the shade, especially between 10am- 4pm when the sun's rays are most intense. It is best to plan indoor activities during this time.
- Keep them covered up. When possible, dress them with long sleeves shirts and pants or skirts.
- Choose a material that is tightly woven fabric as this offers the best protection. You may consider investing in clothes with built in ultraviolet protection.
- Give them a hat that can cover the face, scalp, ears and neck.
- Give them sunglasses with UV protection.
- Apply suitable sunscreen products.
Focus on the face, shoulders and back if your child wants to go without a shirt.
Apply 30 minutes before sun exposure and repeat every 2 hours, each time they towel off or get out of the water.
Don't forget to put some on ears, nose, and top of the feet.
Use a lip balm with UV protection. Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.