Nothing beats a day of fun in the sun, but when you’re out with your baby or toddler, it’s essential to stay safe. Here’s how to deal with baby sunburn, plus other potential heat-related problems to watch for.
If your baby gets a sunburn, bring her in out of the sun immediately. Give her a cool bath or apply cool compresses, advises Children’s Hospital of Boston. “Apply a thick moisturizer or fragrance-free cream,” suggests Robin Gehris, MD, chief of pediatric dermatology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. If the skin is blistering, take your child to the doctor, says Gehris, adding that your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic or a topical steroid to calm the skin’s inflammation.
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If your child looks pale and is sweating profusely, feels faint or dizzy, has muscle cramps and a rapid pulse, she may be suffering from heat exhaustion. Bring her into a cool or air-conditioned space immediately, give her water or a sports drink, and call your doctor, says the AAP.
A severe medical emergency, heatstroke can be life-threatening. If your child’s skin is hot, red and dry, or she is hyperventilating, has a rapid pulse or is vomiting or is unconscious, call 911 and get her to a cool, shady area immediately. Remove her clothing and try to cool her down with a washcloth rinsed in cold water until help arrives.
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