Those sunscreen sprays may be handy, but could they be dangerous for your kids? That's the concern behind an ongoing Food and Drug Administration investigation, which is looking into whether inhaling the spray ingredients could be harmful to your health.
And that's why Consumer Reports is now recommending that you don't use sunscreen spray on the kids, until the investigation is complete. (And the American Academy of Dermatology also raises concerns.) "We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children," says Consumer Reports. "We have also removed one sunscreen spray -- Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 -- from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen Ratings, because it is marketed especially for children."
Another concern with sunscreen spray cited by the the American Academy of Dermatology is that it's harder to tell if you've put on enough when you're spraying it, so you may be more likely to underapply.
If you just stocked up on sunscreen spray, you don't have to toss it out. You can safely apply it by spraying it into your own hand, away from your child, and then slather it on with your hands.
Not sure if you're keeping your kids covered? Test your sun safety savvy.
How to Apply Sunscreen to Your Baby
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