For infants younger than 6 months, avoiding sun exposure and the use of lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats are still the top recommendations to prevent sunburn. Yes, your young babies have thin skin and will be more sensitive to the sun. Therefore, it is extremely important to protect your infant from the sun including the use of sunscreen. Sunscreen may be used sparingly on exposed areas of skin such as the hands, feet, and face.
Pain relief: The sensation of pain and heat will probably last 48 hours. Ibuprofen products (such as Advil) started early and continued for 2 days can greatly reduce the discomfort. Do not use petroleum jelly or other ointments because they keep heat and sweat from escaping. The symptoms can also be helped by taking cool baths or putting cold wet cloths on the burned area several times a day. Showers are usually too painful. Your child should drink extra water to replace the fluid lost into the swelling of sunburned skin and to prevent dehydration and dizziness. Don't buy any first aid creams or sprays for burns. They often contain benzocaine, which can cause an allergic rash.
Bites and Stings
Don’t let your sweetie be eaten up. To avoid mosquito bites or even tick bites, keep the body covered. Stay away from where mosquitoes breed, such as stagnant water, uncovered foods, or gardens in bloom. Many of these bites can be prevented by using an insect repellent such as DEET or permethrin before your child goes outdoors or into the woods. Always use repellents for infants less than 1 year old because they cannot bat the insects away. DEET is a very effective ingredient used to repel mosquitoes, ticks and other bugs. When using a product containing DEET, follow these precautions:
The percentage of DEET in a product tells you how long it lasts, not how strong it is. Use a repellent with 30% DEET for children and teens. 30% DEET protects for 6 hours. Use products containing 10% DEET if you only need protection for 2 hours. The American Academy of Pediatrics has approved the use of 30% DEET or less for children over 2 months of age.
Do not put DEET on the eyes or mouth. Don't put DEET on your child's hands if your child sucks his thumb or finger.
Whether you are going to Galveston or Cozumel, Sand can sizzle little feet. Always put water shoes or sandals on your little one. Also, remember to wear your sunglasses to protect from the UV rays, glare, and blowing sand, all of which can bring doom and gloom to your day.
Scrape off any stinging tentacles with the edge of a credit card or knife. Don't scrub the area because that can cause the stingers to release venom. Neutralize the venom by holding a cotton ball soaked with vinegar on the area for 30 minutes. Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream (no prescription needed) four times a day for a few days to reduce itching and swelling.