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Sunburn symptoms in babies - The best way to treat your baby's sunburn at home


sunburn symptoms in babies

The problem with sunburn symptoms in babies is that they will only show a few hours after being exposed to the sun.

What can you do if after a nice day at the beach or at the pool you come home and your baby's skin starts showing the signs of a sunburn .

The skin is red and warm as the prolonged sun exposure causes an inflammation of the skin.

Never underestimate the sensitivity of your baby's skin, even on a cloudy day there is enough UV radiation in the air for an infant to get a sunburn.



What are the symptoms of sunburn in babies?


  • The skin turning pink or red is an inflammatory response of the body's immune system when there is damage to the skin. The skin feels hot because of the enlarged blood vessels near the skin's surface.
  • Sunburn blisters. Blistering means that the skin is completely damaged. Sunburn blisters are the most difficult type of blisters because they are often large and more prone to infection.
  • Sunburn and swelling. Oedema is observable swelling from fluid accumulation in body tissues.
  • Extreme itching is an uncomfortable irritation of the skin that causes a desire to scratch the affected area. But itching is also part of the healing process.
  • Pain due to the damage to the skin.
  • A bad sunburn may cause fever, chills and naussea.



What to do when your baby shows sunburn symptoms?

First aid for sunburn

Protect babies from sunburn symptoms
Watch out for symptoms of sunburn in babies
  • Cool compresses and regular cool showers will help to take down the temperature when your baby has a fever and relief pain.
  • You can give Calpol or Iboprufen for pain relief.
  • To stop the itching use calamine ointment or aloe vera. If you put the bottle in the fridge half an hour before applying the lotion it gives an extra cooling effect. Adding some backing soda or oatmeal to baby's bath water may give some relief. Don't give antihistamine to babies under 6 months of age before first consulting your doctor.
  • Give extra of fluid to your baby to prevent dehydration.

In most cases your baby's sunburn symptoms can be easily treated with these home remedies for sunburn. But with bad sunburns it is advisable to seek medical help.

Never use butter, lard, margarine, vitamin E, petroleum jelly, honey, warm water, tea bags, or sunburn anesthetic sprays on sunburned skin.

When to ring for the doctor?

  • If large areas of the infants body are burned.
  • If there are blisters and sores.
  • When baby gets a fever.
  • If your baby starts sweating, vomiting or faints.
  • If baby shows signs of dehydration.

The first signs of dehydration are cracked lips, dry mouth and tongue and no wet diaper for 6 hours or more. Other signs are sunken eyes, no tears and a sunken fontanel (soft spot on baby's scalp).


Peeling is the body's way to get rid of the damaged cells. Although the skin renews itself some damage may remain. Apart from all the discomfort and pain a sunburn may cause, the damage to the skin also increases the risk of skin cancer. which is one more good reason to protect your children from getting sunburned..

Besides from getting sunburned, hot weather may cause a heat rash. A heat rash is a skin irritation caused by too much sweating in hot and humid weather. Read more about treating heat rash in babies.



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