10 Health Tricks Every Parent Must Know

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.

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