Five Ways to Treat a Sunburn

Sometimes (despite your best sunscreening efforts) your child might end up with a sunburn.  We have some tried-and-true remedies using items you can find right in your own home.

1)   Keep aloe in your fridge. If the burn is very minor, use the cool aloe to a burn and help in the healing process.

2)   If the burn is confined to a one area, slather mustard on the burned area and, when it dries, shower it off. It will relieve the pain associated with burns.

3)   If the burn covers a significant part of the body, draw a lukewarm bath and mix in a box of baking soda. Soak in the tub for about 30 minutes.

4)   Fill a spray bottle with white or apple cider vinegar and spray over sunburned area. Let dry. This will help with both the pain and swelling.

5)   Acetaminophen or ibuprofen will relieve the pain and swelling from sunburns, but make sure to consult your doctor for the correct dose when giving to children.


If burns begin to blister or cause fever, chills, nausea, or vomiting, seek medical attention.

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