A trip to the beach is fun for the entire family, especially for the youngsters who enjoy the sand, seashells, bouncing ocean waves – and sun! However, don’t let the sun part spoil your vacation or weekend get-a-way. The skin of small children burns easily. Follow these rules for a safer sun filled day:

  • Go onto the beach in the cooler parts of the day.
  • Apply sunscreen or sun block liberally. Use one with a sun protective factor (SPF) above 15.
  • Use hats and long sleeve shirts and pants if out in the very hot part of the day.
  • Remember that sunrays “bounce” so just being under the beach umbrella is not a guarantee of protection.

Symptoms:

  • Bright red skin
  • Painful areas where skin is red and has not been protected from the sun.
  • Blisters
  • In more severe cases, fever.

Treatment:

  • Apply cool compresses to the burned areas.
  • Do not puncture blisters if they are present. This can lead to infection of the skin,
  • Use acetaminophen or ibuprophen for relief of significant discomfort.
  • Soothing lotions may be used. Topical anesthetics should be used only on medical advice.

Call the Doctor if:

  • Blistering occurs.
  • Fever is noted.
  • Skin becomes infected or “weeps”

Remember, everyone can get sunburn and it is no fun! Children will burn more easily than adults so keep them covered or out of the bright rays of the summer sun. Too, repeated exposure to the sun may lead to skin cancers and that is just one more reason to be careful of just how much fun in the sun is needed!