soothing lotions that contain aloe vera to burned areas to relieve pain and
0.5% hydrocortisone cream to the burned area also may
help. Note: Do not use the cream on children younger
than age 2 unless your doctor tells you to. Do not use in the rectal or vaginal
area of children younger than age 12 unless your doctor tells you to.
There isn't much you can do to stop skin from
peeling after a sunburn—it is part of the healing process. Lotion may help
relieve the itching.
Aspirin (also a nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drug), such as Bayer or Bufferin
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
Be sure to follow
these safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:
Carefully read and follow all
directions on the medicine bottle and box.