Do you know basic sun poisoning treatment? Sun poisoning is the term for a systemic reaction to severe sunburn. The sunburn is severe enough to cause blistering, pain, and a rash. The body's system responds with a fever, fatigue, dizziness and/or dehydration. This is sun poisoning.
Certain medications can cause children to be more sensitive to ultraviolet rays, and thus more susceptible to sun poisoning. Among these medications are some antibiotics, sulfa meds and diuretics.
Before we get to treatment for sun poisoning, it's important to review keys to prevention. It is easy to prevent sun poisoning. Just don't get sunburn. How can you avoid sunburn?
Apply a broad spectrum 50 SPF sunscreen 30 minutes before going out, and reapplying every two hours.
Avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm.
Wear sun protective clothing, such as long brimmed sun hats, sunglasses, longer shorts and SPF 50 rated shirts.
Ensure that babies are shaded by hats and stroller shades.
What do I do if I suspect my child has sun poisoning?
Treat as you would severe sunburn. Apply aloe vera gel, Noxzema skin cream or a tepid bath with baking soda to cool the skin. Put antibiotic ointment on any blisters and cover with gauze. Be sure to give fluids to prevent dehydration. Take the temperature to find out if there is a fever higher than 101 degrees F.
Do I need to take my child to the doctor?
You should seek medical attention if these symptoms are present:
What will the doctor do if my child has sun poisoning?
The doctor may recommend ibuprofen for pain or fever. Further, the doctor may prescribe beta carotene to speed healing and provide comfort. Keep the child out of the sun for a few days, and only with sunscreen protection afterward.
Even if you slather your kids in sunblock, you can take sun safety one step further with sun protection clothing. You're planning to enjoy the outdoors, and why not? Kids and parents alike need fresh air, and the beautiful weather is calling everyone outside. But you shouldn't let your kids head out without sun protection because a significant amount of skin damage from sun exposure happens by the age of 18.
Follow these tips in effectively treating sunburn in your babies if your little one has gotten too much sun.
If you are aware of sun poisoning symptoms, you can keep your baby safer on a day out. Babies need to be protected from the sun, and not just because of sunburn. Since babies' bodies can't regulate temperature, a sunburn can cause a reaction called sun poisoning.