They other tip I would say is that you really need a lot of sunscreen to provide adequate protection, so make sure that you’re really globing it on. It should be a visible layer. For an adult, it takes about a golf-ball size amount to cover the body. For a kid, it’s probably half of a golf-ball for each application. Parents should expect to go through a lot of sunscreen in the summer because so much is needed to provide adequate protection.
If you do get sunburned, you can put on a low concentration, over-the-counter hydrocortisone to decrease inflammation. Applying any aloe or cooling agent and taking over-the-counter ibuprofen sometimes helps decrease the pain and the inflammation.
Elizabeth C. Smith, M.D., board-certified dermatologist, practices at Fairfield Dermatology located at 1305 Post Road in Fairfield, CT. She also serves as assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.