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How to treat a child’s sunburn
- By Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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Claire McCarthy, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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The best sunburn healer is baking soda (1/2 to a cup or more) dissolved in hot water, then add ice to cool it down. Soak small towels with this and apply to sunburned areas, changing the towels about every minute or less. the soaked towels will be hot as it is drawing out the burn. After 30 minutes of this the burn will be gone and the peeling of the skin will be minimized as the burn is removed before the skin becomes singed. After a severe sunburn, I soaked in a bathtub of baking soda water, laying soaked towels on areas not submerged, evening and the next morning. The sunburn was barely tender to the touch and hardly any peeling occurred.
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