How To Treat Sunburns In Babies And Children

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Protecting your baby or child from the sun’s harmful UV rays is always a top priority for parents. This becomes even more important during the summer months, as they will probably be spending a lot time outdoors. Sometimes though, despite your best efforts, your baby or child may still get a sunburn.

Treating your baby or child’s sunburn will depend on how old they are and on the severity of the burn. Continue reading to find out when you can treat it on your own and how, when to contact your doctor and when to go to the emergency room.

When You Can Treat It On Your own

You can treat the sunburn on your own if your baby/child is 12 months and older and if they have a mild burn (red, warm and painful). The following three tips are the top recommendations for treatment of sunburns, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Tip # 1: Apply Cool Compresses or Cloths. Apply cool compresses or cloths to the affected skin for 10-15 minutes 3-4 times daily.

Tip # 2: Moisturize Affected Skin. Moisturize skin with an aloe-vera gel based lotion daily.

Tip # 3: Medication For Pain. If your baby or child appears to be in pain then you can give them acetaminophen (Please refer to your doctor or pharmacist for proper dosage recommendations).

When To Contact Your Doctor
  • If your little one is less than a year old, even if the burn appears to be mild.
  • Your little one is more than a year old but appears to have a burn that is on the moderate-severe side, is blistering and accompanied with a fever.

When To Go To The Emergency Department
  • No matter how old your little one is, if they are lethargic, if the burn appears extensive, is very painful and is accompanied with vomiting you should go to the emergency room immediately. 


Sunburns can be mild, moderate or severe and can happen even despite your best efforts to prevent them. The best thing you can do in this situation is to assess the severity of the burn and react based on your little one’s symptoms. I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post, if you have any special remedies that helped treat your little one’s sunburn please share below!