If you're eating outdoors, slather your little one with sunscreen, keep him out of direct sun, and wash his hands, as well as your own (plant juices can be transferred), immediately after food preparation, says Andrew Bronin, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale University School of Medicine. If a reaction does occur, typical sunburn care, such as applying cortisone cream and cool compresses, usually relieves the irritation.
Ask your pediatrician or pharmacist about possible photosensitivity reactions with any medication your child is taking. If needed, keep him out of the sun as much as possible, and before you head outside apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 to 30 and UVA/UVB protection. Also, dress him in a hat, long sleeves, and pants.