Mom Says Popular Sunscreen Gave Her Toddler 2nd Degree Burns

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Rebecca Cannon/Facebook

Summer is just about here, and parents everywhere are stocking up on sunscreen to keep the kiddos safe. But a mom's scary warning about those aerosolized spray sunscreens may have you opting for the old-school lotions instead. Alarming photos of a burn Rebecca Cannon's baby girl got from her sunscreen (yes, you read that right) have been making the rounds on Facebook, and they're painful to see.


In her Facebook post, Cannon says she picked up a can of Banana Boat brand SPF 50 spray sunscreen and followed the directions when applying it to her 14-month-old.

Unfortunately, Kyla's face swelled up so badly that they had to go to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with second-degree burns.

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Rebecca Cannon/Facebook

In a separate update, Cannon says a dermatologist confirmed that the toddler's injury is a chemical burn -- likely caused by the sunscreen itself.

sunscreen burns baby
Rebecca Cannon/Facebook

Spray sunscreen has gotten a pretty bad rep in recent years, with groups like Consumer Reports and the Environmental Working Group coming out to say that the aerosols are dangerous for little kids who don't know to hold their breath when you hit spray.

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It's suggested that if you use aerosolized sunscreen, you spray it on your hands, then use them to apply it to your kid's skin.

But that's just what Rebecca says she did. So, it wasn't the spraying that caused little Kyla to break out. It was the sunscreen itself! It's no wonder parents are concerned if our old work-around trick might not protect our kids! 

Baby Kyla's face actually got worse as time went on. Here's what she looked like a day later:

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Rebecca Cannon/Facebook

The little girl is doing okay thanks to some meds, and her mom says she's in good spirits, but the backlash against spray sunscreen has been fierce online.

Other moms have been sharing their own stories of sunscreening gone wrong and showing off photos of their own little ones after using canned sun protection that they say didn't work very well. 

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And it's not just kids! It seems spray sunscreens have been shown to burn adults too:

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It's hard to tell what your kiddo -- or you -- will be sensitive to until it happens, but the Environmental Working Group offers up some tips for parents to find a sunscreen that will keep their kids safe without the risk of the toxic chemicals that are more likely to bother the skin.  

There's also been some good advice floating around on Cannon's Facebook posts for parents who are nervous about trying something new: 


Now's the time to test out that sunscreen ... before you're depending on it to keep your child safe on vacation! 

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