Calm a Sunburn
How to do it: Have your child soak in a tub of cool water for ten to 15 minutes. Gently pat skin dry, then smooth fragrance-free moisturizing lotion on the burned areas.
Why it works: "Keeping the skin cool will ease swelling and reduce pain, while the lotion helps replenish moisture," says Elizabeth Powell, M.D., a pediatric emergency specialist at Children's Memorial Hospital, in Chicago. "Avoid anesthetic sprays or ointments -- they can irritate some children's skin." Give ibuprofen or acetaminophen if he's uncomfortable.
When to call the doctor: If your child has a fever or chills, if the skin blisters, or if the burn covers a large area of his body.