FDA investigates spray sunscreen dangers for kids

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The recent news that you should stop using spray sunscreen on kids had a lot of parents tossing the stuff in the trash.

Some moms threw this away when they heard Consumer Reports' suggestion to stop spraying sunscreen on kids.

Here's the reason behind the warning: The FDA has been investigating if spray sunscreen is harmful to kids when inhaled. But until there's an answer, Consumer Reports says to skip using it on kids because it could put them at risk for asthma or allergy attacks.

We spoke with a pediatric nurse practitioner at St. Louis Children's Hospital who says kids with asthma should avoid sprays and odors. She says spray sunscreen fits into both of those categories.

Anne Borgmeyer, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, said, "It's got particulate matter to it. So, when it's sprayed around children with asthma, it can set off or irritate their asthma or cause them to have coughing or even wheezing."

But before you toss it in the trash, you might consider this:

"If you can just spray it into your hand and then apply it to the surfaces of your child, you don't have to waste that spray sunscreen. We all know it's expensive," said Borgmeyer.

Because if you just spray it, not only could your child inhale it, the nurse practitioner says it's hard to know if you're getting the best coverage, especially on a windy day.


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