Spray sunscreen risks you should know about

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Spray sunscreens are popular. They’re quick and not too messy.

They’re also not the best option for young children.

Pediatrician Teresa Lynch works at Huntsville Hospital’s Pediatric ER and says she sees the results of spray sunscreen “user error” far too often on young children.

“Kids are squirmy and so they move,” Dr. Lynch explained, “And you’re trying to get ’em as quickly as you can.”

In fact, Consumer Reports issued a warning recently telling parents not to spray sunscreen on kids until the Food and Drug Administration finishes an ongoing assessment of the risks these sprays pose.

In addition to not getting enough coverage, which can lead to burns, other potential risks include flammability (sprays can catch fire if they’re not totally dry) and small particles (which are often inhaled.)

“We don’t really know what the risks are of inhaling sunscreen,” Lynch said.

If you find yourself with only spray sunscreen, use it on your hand first… then rub it in to get good coverage.

To minimize your child’s risk of exposure to chemicals in any kind of sunscreen, pediatricians recommend choosing one just for kids, or a sensitive-skin version.

To learn more about the risks associated with spray sunscreens and for tips on choosing the best sunscreen for your child, click here.

 

 

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