Consumer group says dont use spray sunscreen on kids

Jul 9, 2014 3:06 PM by News Staff

The FDA announced in June that it was investigating the possible risks of spray sunscreen and as a result Consumer Reports is advising that spray sunscreens not be used on or near children until the study is completed.

The FDA investigation is studying 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.

Consumer Reports offers the following tips for applying sunscreens:

-Don't use sprays on children unless you have no other product available. In that case, spray the sunscreen onto your hands and rub it on. As with all sunscreens, be especially careful to avoid putting it on your eyes and mouth.

-Adults can still use sprays, but be sure not to spray your face. Spray the sunscreen on your hands, then rub it on your face.

-Make sure you apply enough sunscreen. Spray sunscreens can make it difficult to determine if you've applied enough sunscreen, especially when its windy. Consumer Reports recommends you spray as much as can be applied and then repeating, just to be safe.


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