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My son looks as tan as George Hamilton. What now?

My son looks as tan as George Hamilton. What now?
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Thanks to everybody who contributed a DM to my twitter on sunburn when mama forgot the sunscreen during waterplay. Turns out Daddy’s a smarter cookie than Mommy today (I’m afraid to extend this thought out any further …) and remembered the spf. The kid’s sporting a killer tan, somehow, but no sunburn. Still, I have no doubt that I will forget the sunscreen again someday, undoubtedly when we’re visiting the equator in the midday sun. I’m all set now with remedies, and wanted to share from the wisdom of my almost-experience…

But first: This advice is intended for the non-blistery, non-swollen variety sunburn. If skin becomes blistered or swollen, or your child develops other symptoms, like chills, fever, nausea along with sunburn, time for the primary care giver. ‘Nuff said.

Here’s what I got from folks, plus a little bit of home research of my own…

1. aloe’s still number one – better in plant form, but also available in 100% gel. It cools and soothes immediately. Science jury’s still out on longer term benefits.

2. I’ve read it before, but have refused to believe – potato starch? All right, I’m in. Grate some potatoes (russet, new, whatever you’ve got – maybe not sweet potatoes), and apply to sunburn. Something in the starch calms the inflammation and begins the healing. They grow a lot of potatoes at the equator, right?

3. Baking powder bath. It’s baking soda for stings and bites, baking powder for sunburn – ½ cup per 6 inches of water, at least. Rinse off well, or risk smelling like something edible.

4. Apple cider vinegar – applied directly to the sunburn with a cotton ball. I’ve heard of apple cider vinegar for digestion and mood-boosting, and astringing after bites and stings. Does this really do everything? I want to buy stock.

5. Lots of fluids – dehydration is common with sunburns. Plus, the skin likes water — adequate water will help the healing.

6. Vitamin C. Whether in foods, or supplements (we do both), vitamin C is high in antioxidants, and the oxidative effects of excess sun are what cause a lot of the damage. Take it internally (if it works externally too, let me know! I’ve seen it in my face soaps…)

7. Peppermint tea – or spearmint, hibiscus, honeysuckle, or lemon balm. I just happened to be brewing peppermint sun tea when the latest ‘sun scare’ occurred. These are great for fever too.

8. Water – one of my clients promised me that the only thing that helped a nasty rash was cool water, pure and simple. Works for sunburns too.

9. Calendula cream. We have some of this already for my son’s cradle cap. Glad we’ll get our money’s worth. ☺

10. Comfrey root. Not internally, use it externally. Soak a washcloth in comfrey root tea or comfrey oil and apply it to the sunburn. Externally, this is great for general tissue repair. Internally, not so good for the liver.

11. Don’t do it again. I know. I feel appropriately chastised. Don’t be out from midday to 3 in particular, and don’t be fooled by cloud cover – 80% or more of the UV rays make it through. Sunlight does help us to synthesize vitamin D, but a little bit goes a long way.

And in the special George Hamilton category: even if your child does not develop a sunburn, sun-exposed skin can lose nutrients and get dry and itchy. Try coconut oil (we have this in spades, thanks to an Indian cooking kick I went on a few months back…it’s also great for constipation.) or cocoa butter if you have it – after the sun, not before. It will replenish some of the moisture and minerals lost.

 

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