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Updated on May 14, 2012

After a Baby Burn

Even with the best planning, the sun has a way of sneaking in sometimes. If you notice that your baby’s become bright pink or red from the sun, here’s what to do:

  • Get your burned baby out of the sun, immediately.
  • Give her lots of breast milk, water or juice to stay hydrated.
  • Run your baby a bath with a few inches of lukewarm water and let her play and splash, or wipe her with a cool, wet cloth.
  • If your little one’s under six months old, call your pediatrician and describe the extent of the burn. If she’s a bit older, call the doctor if you notice blisters, pain, or fever.
  • Keep her out of the sun until the burn has healed.

Since babies run a higher risk for sun damage, it’s important to pay close attention to your little one as she plays outdoors. By being diligent about protection, you can ensure that your baby has the opportunity to explore outside and have fun in the sun without running the risk of harmful rays—meaning a happy, sunny summer for the whole family.

Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is the president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. She is also the author of twelve parenting books, including the popular "No-Cry" series.

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