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Consumer Reports Warns Against Spray Sunscreen in Kids

Consumer Reports Warns Against Spray Sunscreen in Kids

July 10, 2014 — Parents should not use spray-on sunscreen in children until the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has investigated potential health risks like asthma, allergic reactions, and more, according to Consumer Reports.

The FDA began investigating the risks of spray-on sunscreen in children in an announcement last month.

Consumer Reports is primarily concerned about accidentally inhaling spray sunscreen:

“Of particular concern to us is the possibility that people might accidentally breathe in the ingredients, a risk that’s greatest in children, who—as any parent knows—are more likely to squirm around when they’re being sprayed.”

Another problem is that it is more difficult to ensure adequate coverage, especially in windy conditions. The group recommends spraying as much as can be evenly applied, and then repeating, just to be safe. Accidentally missing areas of skin increases the risk of a serious sunburn. This risk can be mitigated by spraying the sunscreen into your hands and then applying it to the skin, or using lotion-based products instead.

Spray Sunscreen Recalled for Burn Hazard

Spray-on sunscreens also pose a potential burn hazard. Banana Boat recalled 23 products in October 2012 after receiving five reports of burn injuries that occurred when it was used near an open flame. The company blamed a defective “Continuous Spray” nozzle that delivered too much sunscreen. The spray contains alcohol that is highly flammable and dangerous if it does not dry quickly.

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