Sunburn, sun poisoning pose serious risks for children

Cool compresses and baths may help and keep burned skin protected and out of the sun

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Failure to protect a child’s skin from the sun’s rays could lead to sunburn or sun poisoning.

Sunburns and sun poisoning can lead to dehydration, and serious cases may require a hospital stay.

“The skin not only becomes red and painful but swollen and blistered, and the child might experience some fever, body aches, nausea, vomiting and they just don’t feel well,” said pediatrician Dr. Lisa Diard.

Contact a pediatrician if your child has symptoms of severe sunburn because that will have to be treated like other kinds of serious burns.

Cool compresses and baths may help and keep burned skin protected and out of the sun.

Certain medications can make a child’s skin more sensitive to the sun. Those medications include certain acne medicines, antibiotics and anti-depressants.

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