Attention, parents! Your child’s skin is more sensitive to extreme sunlight. Plus, the lighter their skin is, the faster it gets damaged from too much exposure to the sun. What’s worse is when they get sunburned, they usually feel pain, itch and a sensation of heat.
With sommersaison beginning in Germany and other parts of Europe, a lot of families are probably planning to go on a beach trip and soak up as much as they can. While Vitamin D intake is good for your children’s skin, allowing them to stay under the sun for several hours can lead to skin damage.
FYI. Skin damage does not start and end with sunburns alone. Sometimes, severe sunburn can also increase the chance of melanoma (a malignant tumour, associated with skin cancer) if not given enough attention. However, we’re not here to scare you at all but to give you a parent-friendly reminder to protect your kids should you go to the beach this sommer.
Before we reveal our powerful and all-natural remedies to help soothe sunburn, you must first know the signs of sunburn in children’s skin. These are:
- Skin Redness (Blistering)
- Freckles or Increasing Moles
- Skin Roughness (Peeling)
All-Natural Skin Soothers for Mild Sunburns
Let’s start off with the most popular remedy for almost all diseases aka the ‘fluid of life’ — water. When your child gets sunburned, let them drink plenty of pure water fluids to avoid dehydration. Also, use cool (but not too cold) water when they take a bath. Cool water has the power to take away the sensation of heat and pain.
Others might advise you to use scrub essentials such as bath oils and bubble bath but do not fall into these traps. There are types of essential oils (such as tea tree) that can actually cause a blistering side effect, making sunburn even worse. Instead, use a mild soap made of natural elements like aloe vera and honey when giving your child a cool shower.
Speaking of aloe vera, this type of succulent has a powerful gel in the inside, that can help soothe the pain and moisturises the flaky skin. You can use a natural aloe vera sap if you have it in your backyard or purchase a pure aloe vera gel from your local drugstore. Apply this gel on the affected area to moisturise the skin after bath.
Something that’s more powerful than antibiotic creams when it comes to fast healing and reducing infection is none other than honey. But experts warn all parents to never use this sticky stuff remedy on babies under 12 months old. They might ingest the honey and that could put them at risk.
A perfectly ground oatmeal is a great alternative to bath oils. Mix the pulverised instant (but slow-cooking) oatmeal with cool water when taking a bath. This way helps reduce skin inflammation in children’s affected skin.
Made from the barks and leaves of Hamamelis Virginiana, witch hazel is another remedy that helps relieve skin inflammation. You can buy witch hazel astringents from any local drugstore. In a washcloth or cotton gauze, pour an amount of witch hazel astringent and then apply to the skin for at least 20 minutes and repeat three times a day.
For children under age 1, consult your paediatrician right away when they experience blisters, severe pain, and high fever due to sunburn. As a protective parent, you would never want to let your kids experience the same thing over and over again. To protect them from too much sunlight exposure:
- Apply (waterproof) sunscreen with at least SPF 15 every time they go outside. Note: The power of water-resistant sunblock can only last for 40 to 80 minutes so make sure to reapply every after the given time period.
- Wear protective gears such as rashguards and personalised swim caps to keep their skin and scalp safe.
- Have them drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
By: Sarah Contreras
Sarah is a full-time writer, who likes turning ideas into useful words. Aside from writing sonnets at 6 am, she also blogs for Swimprint DE, a reliable supplier of printed swim caps in Germany. When she’s not writing, she spends her precious little time — thinking of what to write next.