More than 100 under-1s taken to hospital with sunburn prompting stark warning

Parents have been warned to cover up their babies after more than 100 under-ones were taken to hospital with sunburn.

In the last five years there were 1,041 cases where people went to hospital after being out in the sun too long, 924 of which were emergencies.

Medics saw babies a total of 139 times in hospitals in England, reveal figures from NHS Digital.

Dr Rachel Abbott, consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesman, said: “These figures
confirm our concerns about people’s behaviour in the sun in the UK and by the continued use of sun beds.

“The risk of melanoma is three times higher in people who have had sunburn once every two years, compared to those who have never burnt.

“The key message is for people to be aware of the risk when the ultraviolet index is high or from using sun beds.”

She added: “This is particularly important for babies who should be kept out of direct sunlight until they can move, and children who will need help to protect their skin.”

Some cases of sunburn have been recorded as a third-degree burns, which can be life -threatening.

Last year, the average age of a
sunburn patient in hospital was 22, with slightly more men needing treatment than women.

The cases that end up in hospital are also thought to include those who burn themselves on sunbeds.

A large number of the cases dealt with were second-degree sunburn, where two layers of the skin are affected and the person suffers blistering, severe pain and swelling.

There were a small number of cases of third-degree sunburn which can cause skin discolouration, nausea, headaches and dehydration.

Experts are warning people to be careful in the sun if this year’s weather takes a welcome turn and the summer turns out to be a scorcher, like the bank holiday weekend.

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