Consumer Reports: For now, don't spray sunscreen on kids

Consumer Reports is warning parents to not use spray sunscreen on children, for now.

That warning comes on the heels of an announcement back in June that the FDA was investigating the risks of spray sunscreens.

Consumer Reports said parents should hold off on using the sprays until the FDA can investigate further.

"Of particular concern to us is the possibility that people might accidentally breathe in the ingredients, a risk that's greatest in children, who- as any parent knows - are more likely to squirm around when they're being sprayed," Consumer Reports posted on its website.

The group even removed one sunscreen spray, Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50, from its list of sunscreen ratings because it is marketed especially for children.

Consumer Reports offered the following tips:

-Don't use sprays on children, unless you have no other product available. In that case, spray the sunscreen onto your hands and rub it on. As with all sunscreens, be especially careful on the face, taking care to avoid the eyes and mouth.

-Adults can still use sprays-but don't spray your face! Instead, spray on your hands and rub it on, making sure to avoid your eyes and mouth. And try to avoid inhaling it.

-Make sure you apply enough. Our tests have found that sprays can work well when used properly-but it is harder to make sure that you apply enough, especially when it's windy. We recommend spraying as much as can be evenly applied, and then repeating, just to be safe. On windy days, you might want to spray the sunscreen on your hands and rub it on-or just choose one of our recommended lotions instead.


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