Who here has had a sunburn? Yes, I have too. Not good people, not good at all. The facts are startling: the redness and pain from a burn may go away after a few days, and summer tans from sun exposure will fade as the weather turns cooler, but the damage to your skin can last years, if not your whole life. And if your kids get burned as young ones, well, that damage can make them more prone to skin cancer later.
For this Friday Fit Club, it is all about the burn. How to truly prevent a sunburn? Put on sunscreen every day, keep covered with clothing, don a hat and sunglasses, and stay in the shade. But, try telling that to your kids or try finding shade on the beach. So what do you do if that pinkness starts, if that tender-to-the-touch shoulder appears after a day in the water park?
-- Cover the area with a cool, moist washcloth.
-- Give him an anti-inflammatory. Think ibuprofen. Not only does it help with the soreness and pain, it decreases any swelling.
-- Give him water. Keeping your kiddo hydrated can help to be sure the rest of him is healthy from the day in the sun.
-- Soothe and watch the area. Use a lotion with aloe to help calm the area, but also keep an eye on it. If it starts to blister, you should probably head to the doctor to make sure it doesn't get infected.
Also, for more reading on suncare, check out a great new book by Dr. Debra Jaliman called Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist, which gives professional advice on sunscreens, sunscreen ingredients, and which sunscreens to buy!
Have your kids ever had a sunburn? Share your any home remedies and treatments!