Children spend a large amount of time playing in the sun, especially in the summer, which can give them a nasty sunburn. Even a minor sunburn on a baby’s skin can cause it to turn red and itchy.

Treating a toddler’s sunburn can get tricky as children have sensitive skin. However, there are several natural coolants and antiseptics that can provide relief in minutes. Here are some all-natural home remedies to ease your baby’s sunburn.

1. Aloe Vera Gel
One of the safest home remedies to treat a sunburn and calm irritated skin is aloe vera gel. Its cooling properties are known to soothe wounds, cuts and blemishes.

  • Apply a generous amount of aloe vera gel on the affected area, using a gauze. Be careful not to rub it vigorously as it may cause the skin to get inflamed. Leave it on overnight.

2. Vitamin E
Studies show that applying a common vitamin E supplement (tocopherol acetate) to the skin immediately after exposure lessens the sun damage.

  • Use a vitamin E-based baby cream and apply it to the affected area two to three times a day.
  • Another method is to break open vitamin E capsules and apply them directly to the area. However, consult your doctor before you do this.

3. Yogurt
Besides, being a cheap and nutritious anytime snack, yogurt makes an excellent sunburn remedy. Plain yogurt contains an abundance of probiotics and enzymes that can heal the skin. A natural coolant, it absorbs the heat from the affected area and speeds up the healing process.

  • Take a generous amount of cold yogurt and apply directly on the affected skin. Let it dry completely and wash off with tepid water.

4. Cucumber
A cucumber’s antioxidant and analgesic properties promote healing and provide relief from irritation.

  • Slice a chilled cucumber and place them on the sunburn. You can also rub them over gently.
  • Alternatively, chill 1 or 2 cucumbers and toss them in a blender to create a paste. Add a teaspoon of aloe gel for better results and apply directly on the sunburn.

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A pregnancy & babycare writer as well as wellness believer, Debolina is always trying to bring in health and wellness into her family’s, especially her kids’, lives. With a Master’s degree in English literature, she has worked with several mothercare and babycare brands. In her free time, she helps with campaigns that work towards promoting the health and well-being of women and babies. Her experiences as a mother help her talk about busy modern-day parenting and its changing trends.