This Warning About Aerosol Sunscreens Is One Every Mom Needs to Know

May 18, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. ET
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There's nothing worse than a sunscreen fail — except when it happens to your child.

Rebecca Cannon did everything right to protect her 14-month-old, Kyla, from the sun. She used an aerosol sunscreen, and the label clearly said the spray was safe for any child 6 months of age and older. No problem, right?

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Cannon also followed the instructions for facial application: apply the sunblock first to hands, and then onto forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Kyla was protected from the sun — Cannon was sure of it — but she kept her daughter out of the direct sunlight anyway.

So imagine Cannon's horror when Kyla suffered an excruciating sunburn on her face and needed hospital care. She posted graphic photos of her daughter's terrible burns on Facebook to warn other parents about the dangers of using aerosol sunblock on kids.


The sunscreen, for reference, was Banana Boat SPF Broad Spectrum Kids' Sunscreen. Cannon said the company has offered reimbursement for the product, but beyond that seems unwilling to take any further action. That sounds pretty shady to us.

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We came across this link to the safest sunscreens for kids (and babies!), and believe us, we're going to keep it on hand this summer.

Kyla's burns are fortunately healing. Cannon says her little girl is "looking better every day." But still, it never, ever should have happened in the first place.