After your child has had skin laser treatment
This information explains how your child might feel after skin laser treatment and how you can best care for them.
Looking after your child’s skin
Using sun blocks
It is important to follow these instructions about sun block creams. Sunlight can cause birthmarks to turn brown, particularly after laser treatment. This could delay your child’s next treatment until the birthmark is back to normal.
You should not expose your child’s birthmark to strong sunlight while they are having laser treatment and for at least a year afterwards.
- You can get sun block cream on prescription from your GP. You can also get tinted sun block, but this is not available on prescription.
- Your child should use a total sun block (factor 30 or higher) at all times in the UK from April to October.
- If you are visiting a sunny country at any time of year, your child should wear sun block all the time.
- Your child should put sun block on at least four times a day:
- first thing in the morning
- early evening
If your child is at school, they should apply sun block before each school break time, at lunchtime and before going home.
- Your child should re-apply the sun block after swimming, even if the bottle says its waterproof.
- Your child should stay out of direct sun between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its strongest.
- Your child should wear a hat with a peak or wide brim when outdoors if possible. Babies should always have an umbrella to shade their pram or buggy.
If you have any questions, please call the clinical nurse specialists in the Birthmark Unit on 020 7405 9200 extension 5132 or 1113.
Last reviewed by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH): April 2012
Ref: 2012F0013 April 2012
Compiled by the Birthmark Unit in collaboration with the Child and Family Information Group, GOSH.
This information does not constitute health or medical advice and will not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor. No liability can be taken as a result of using this information.