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Avoid Using Spray Sunscreen on Children and Babies

bcThis summer Consumer Reports has issued a warning to parents and child care providers that spray sunscreen should be avoided for children and babies. This comes after research has shown that spray sunscreen has adverse affects to the respiratory system in mice. This alarms scientists and doctors because the human respiratory system has similarities to that of mice.

The reason spray sunscreen can be dangerous is because the chemicals in the spray can be inhaled through the mouth or nose while the product is being used. However, if you spray it into your hand and then apply it that reduces the risk of inhaling the chemicals that can cause asthma attacks or allergic reactions. Another reason spray on sunscreen is not as effective as the creams is the coverage is not a sure if you are not rubbing the spray around on your body, and if you’re spraying on a windy day, the spray might not cover enough of your skin to stop you from being burnt.

The FDA in the US advises parents to only use spray on sunscreen when it is a last resort and always be sure to avoid the eyes and mouth when applying any sunscreen. The spray is still safe for adults, but the same precautions should be taken, avoid inhaling the spray when using it, and avoid the eyes and the mouth.

The FDA advises consumers to apply the spray twice to be sure that they are getting complete coverage with the sunscreen. I would also add to be careful spraying it directly on your clothing as I have had some of my summer outfits ruined by spray sunscreen. I have had shorts and shirts turn a dusty yellow colour from spray.

For more information read the Consumer Reports website.