Sunblocked: Spray sunscreen may be dangerous for children


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Using spray sunscreens on your children may not be a good idea after all, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Although these spray sunscreens have been on the market for some time now, the FDA is continuing to investigate possible risks from spray sunscreens — especially for children. According to a study being conducted, inhaling the ingredients of these sprays may be damaging to children.

Consumer Reports says they have always advocated spraying this type of sunscreen on your hands and then applying it to your child’s skin for even coverage. Now, however, it may be best to use the old-fashioned lotion sunscreen. Even adults using the spray sunscreen should follow these tips from Consumer Reports:

  • Don’t spray the sunscreen directly on your face. Spray onto your hands and then apply.

  • Avoid inhaling the spray when spraying the rest of your body.

  • Apply the spray liberally to be sure all areas are covered. A repeated application may be necessary.

Here are a few lotion sunscreens made just for kids:

1. No-Ad Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

This lotion is water- and sweat-resistant, hypoallergenic and enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E to prevent dryness.

2. Banana Boat Kid's Tear Free Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

With protection from UVA and UVB rays, this tear-free formula is alcohol- and fragrance-free, as well as water-resistant.

3. Banana Boat Natural Reflect Kids Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

This sunscreen is made from 100% naturally sourced minerals, is tear- and sting-free, dermatologist-tested, and oxybenzone- and paraben-free. It is also water-resistant.

4. Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunblock Lotion SPF 45+

Providing UVA/UVB protection, this lotion is sweatproof and waterproof, oil- and PABA-free, and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

5. Coppertone Sunscreen Lotion Kids Tear-Free SPF 50

This tear-free formula is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and provides UVA/UVB protection. It is also fragrance-, oil- and dye-free.