Spray-on sunscreens may pose potential risks to young children - Tucson News Now

Spray-on sunscreens may pose potential risks to young children

Posted: Updated:
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Do you use spray-on sunscreens on your children? The FDA is looking into the potential risks they pose, particularly to younger children.

Spray cans of sunscreen are convenient when spraying down children, especially while they're squirming. That is now the main concern; young children who are most likely to squirm are the ones most likely to breathe in the ingredients you're spraying.

"It's just my go-to," said Jennifer Patrick. "It's faster and I can do it here and not have to think about it ahead of time."

Jennifer Patrick is a habitual sunscreen sprayer on her two daughters.

"It's usually just quicker, it dries a lot faster than the other kind, it's not sticky on them, they don't complain as much about it," Patrick said.

The Consumer Reports website, however, suggests that she might want to think again. The website has amended its list of recommended sunscreens to remove sprays while the FDA researches the risks.

"Anything you put in the body has the potential for side effects," says pediatrician Dr. Jeffery Simon. "The question there is what's bad about it? Is it chemicals directly, or is it the fact that the chemicals irritate the lungs, the spray, can it trigger asthma attacks?"

Simon urges parents to think less about the potential dangers of sunscreen, and more about how much it's really needed.

"Some people tan easier, they probably have less of a need for sunblock than people who have fair skin and burn easy."

Jennifer is aware of the Consumer reports warning, but she's still spraying.

"I will keep on using this," Patrick said. "We're outside, we're not in an enclosed environment, I'm not spraying it on their face, I usually use the lotion for their face."

Dr. Simon agrees with Jennifer.

"Outside air is five times cleaner than inside air."

You don't have to throw away all the spray cans you've stocked up for the summer, just spray it into your hands and rub it onto skin.

Again, the warning is for young children. Spray sunscreens are still safe for adults and older children who can close their eyes and mouth

Copyright 2014 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved.

  • WSFA 12 News DefendersMore>>

  • 12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Inflatable Injuries

    12 NEWS DEFENDERS: Inflatable Injuries

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:20 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:20:16 GMT
    Inflatables, or moonwalks as they were originally referred to, can be an endless source of fun for little ones, but they can also be the source of serious injuries. In May two 5 and 6-year-old boys in
    Inflatables, or moonwalks as they were originally referred to, can be an endless source of fun for little ones, but they can also be the source of serious injuries.
  • BBQ gets a perfect score but a sports bar needs to CLEAN UP!

    BBQ gets a perfect score but a sports bar needs to CLEAN UP!

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 02:05:39 GMT
    Dining out? Check out this week's food inspection scores.
    Dining out? Check out this week's food inspection scores.
  • SPECIAL REPORT: The facts about secondary drowning

    SPECIAL REPORT: The facts about secondary drowning

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:25:09 GMT
    If you're a parent of a little one, summer is the prime time to be concerned about water safety and the risks. We all know about drowning, but what about what's called secondary drowning, when someone
    Parents have probably seen all kinds of stories about secondary drowning on Facebook and other social media sites. For many it's alarming and confusing, so we are separating fact from fiction so you can be prepared.
Powered by WorldNow