Mother Cautions Parents on Applying Aerosol Sunscreen on Little Kids after Traumatic Ordeal
9Health Canada is investigating
The counterpart agency to the FDA in Canada is Health Canada who is now investigating the incident after finding three other Canadian children who suffered similar issues after using Banana Boat sunscreens in May. The agency is treading cautiously and says that there is a possibility that there may one bad batch and it is too early to try and guess what is causing the reactions.
10The company reimbursed her for 10$
As for Banana Boat? The company sent an absurd amount of 10$ to Rebecca as a reimbursement for the cost of the product. A spokesman for the company declared that their products undergo vigorous testing and they do everything to ensure the quality and safety of the products before putting them on the market. All products have a neutral pH and does not cause chemical burns. The company issued a written statement saying:
“For some, sensitivity to a product ingredient can be triggered or exacerbated by the sun and result in a photoallergic skin rash or sunburn. In more severe cases, blistering may also develop. A dermatologist can also advise on appropriate treatment,”
11So what did happen to Kayla? A dermatologist explains.
Alok Vij MD a dermatologist attached to Cleveland Clinic says that the child’s reaction was due to a condition called photallergy. This is when sunlight combines with a chemical to cause an allergic reaction and though not very common, it is sunscreens that are the most common product that can cause the reaction. He says that the problem is difficult to diagnose because sunscreens contain several potential allergens. Fragrances, preservatives and other ingredients hare used to help the sunscreen get absorbed faster and spread easily. They even enhance the selling power of the product.
12What the FDA has to say
According to an FDA statement, it says that they are aware of serious allergic reactions caused by sunscreens and people purchasing such things should test it on a small parch of skin first.
“Although consumers occasionally experience a skin reaction, the potential overall benefits of regular sunscreen use outweigh the potential risks of these reactions. Using sunscreens with other sun protection measures, as directed, can help reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging caused by the sun,” They also mentioned that those facing allergy issues form sunscreen should stop using the product.
Doctor Vij advises parents to take the necessary precautions
- Don’t allow children in the sun during the brightest parts of the day which is 11 am to 4 am
- Use sun protection clothing
- Use only mineral based sunscreens which contain zinc, or titanium
- Avoid spray aerosol sunscreens since you can’t find where and how much you’ve applied.