How to deal with your kids first case of sunburn
If it has been a while since you had sunburn, or you and the kids are getting it for the first time you should listen to these tips to be able to deal with it without causing any more pain. Remember your kids first case of sunburn can be distressing and sore for them, so be patient.
Travis got his first case of sunburn during our trip to Ibiza. The weather completely caught us off guard, with us in hoodies the first two days we did not expect to be getting burnt on out last day there.
The sun and the wind
We knew the sun was out. The same as it had peeked out every other day in Ibiza. The wind was so cold that it honestly did not seem like the sun was powerful enough to even slightly tan us, never mind cause the severe burns that it did. My first bit of advice is if the sun is shining, put cream on. It doesn’t matter where you are, when it comes to a child that cannot explain what they feel we need to be more careful.
When you know you kid is already burned
Make sure you are giving your child plenty of water when your kids first case of sunburn happens. You do not want this to develop into sun stroke. Make sure your giving them, and yourself, plenty of fluids.
Get sunscreen on as soon as possible if you are still out. We struggled with this because so many places were closed in Ibiza in April. Luckily it was out last day so we headed to the airport early… which takes me to our next point
Try to go inside and keep out of the sun for a while. You do not want to develop the burns into worse burns. They will take longer to heal and will cause your little one more pain in the meantime.
When you already dropped the ball and your child is burned there are some steps you should take to making sure they get better as quickly as possible. We always have Aloe Gelly in our changing bag (unless of course we were in Ibiza with only hand luggage and the bottle is slightly too big of a carry-on bag.) Aloe Gelly is the closest thing to pure Aloe Vera inner gel you are going to get in a tube – you can find out about how it can help sunburn here.
We represent Forever Living so we buy our Aloe Gelly through our own store, which is really handy as we get a discount on it. We use this stuff in the bucketload because it can be used on so much more than sunburn. For added soothing you can put this in the fridge for a while to help soothe the burns further and you can find out more about our tips for beating sunburn in general on our How do you aloe blog.
Remember how sore burns are? Keep the bath and shower cool so you do not irritate the burns. They can be so much more painful in hot water and you want to reduce the pain to the utmost minimum for your child. Also they can be sore to touch so lay off on cuddles if they seem a bit off. They are probably just hurting.
What are your best tips for dealing with sunburn?