Mom's Warning About The Dangers Of Aerosol Sunscreen Is Seriously Worrying Parents
With summer fast approaching, the sun is once again beginning to peek through the clouds - well, depending on where you live exactly. But as ever, using sunscreen should be at the top of your agenda if you're planning to spend a lot of time in the sun.
Babies are especially vulnerable and need to be protected from potentially dangerous sunrays as much as possible. You may, however, want to be cautious about the kind of sunscreen you use on your little ones.
In fact, one mother took to Facebook to issue a warning about the use of aerosol sunscreen on babies the very delicate skin of.
Rebecca Cannon was horrified to find that using the can of "Banana Boat SPF 50 broad spectrum kids sunscreen" on her daughter Kyla had left her with very sore chemical burns on her face.
With the intention of warning other parents to be wary of using the sunscreen on their own children, Cannon posted a series of alarming photos to her Facebook, showcasing the damaging effect it had on Kyla."Ok so I'm getting many msgs and just want everyone to know Kyla is back home after another hospital trip this morning due to [extreme] swelling but she is doing ok and is in good spirits," she wrote in the caption.
"Please watch and be [careful] when using aerosolised sunscreen! I have done a lot of research. Since coming home and have found a disturbing amount of cases like ours. I don't know why it's not removed from the shelves !!
Pictures from first to last is from yesterday morning to this afternoon please be [careful] the sunscreen used was banana boat spf 50 broad spectrum kids sunscreen -- have spoken with banana boat and at this point besides a reimbursement for the product not sounding like they are going to do anything [sic]."
The worrying post was shared over 1,300 times and was inundated with nearly a thousand comments from concerned parents.
Cannon later explained in an interview with POPSUGAR that a note on the back of the bottle stated that the sunscreen was "safe for use on all ages unless the child is under 6 months of age", adding that Kyla hadn't even been exposed to the sun.
"I just want the word out for parents to be careful as to what they are putting on their children," she added.
And if the comments to her post were anything to go by, parents were as horrified as Cannon was by the impact that a seemingly harmless sunscreen spray could have on an infant.
"Oh my goodness," one user wrote. "I am soo terribly sorry you and your beautiful baby girl are going through this. My heart aches for you guys. I pray for a speedy recovery."
"Omg, sorry for that to happen, prayers for healing for her," another agreed.
"Shame on Banana Boat. Prayers for your little one," added a third.
According to the concerned mom, Health Canada is investigating nine aerosol sunscreen-related cases. She also explained that she contacted Banana Boat about the incident and they reimbursed her, but no further action had been taken.