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Spray-on sunscreen use discouraged for children while FDA safety investigation is ongoing

sunscreen spray Spray on sunscreen use discouraged for children while FDA safety investigation is ongoingHealth officials are warning parents not to use spray sunscreen on their children. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began an investigation into this type of sunscreen in 2011 and we are still awaiting its verdict.

“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.”

Consumer Reports has tested sunscreens in the past to find that those with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide could contain nanoparticles, which are known for causing developmental problems in animals. The spray form of this sunscreen is more likely to be inhaled by a child, which is why it poses such a potential threat.

“Requests arose because sprays are applied differently from other sunscreen dosage forms, such as lotions and sticks,” reported the FDA.

The American Academy of Dermatology has also advised those using sprays to spray their hands first and then apply, reducing the risk of inhaling the chemicals that are in the product.

During the time it takes for the FDA to complete its research into these products, Consumer Reports advises adults to be very cautious while using them and for children to avoid them altogether.

Source: Huffington Post