Spraying Sunscreen on Your Kids Could Be the Worst Thing You Do This Summer

applying sunscreen to childHow do you pick the sunscreen you're going to use on your kids? If you go for convenience every time, you might want to rethink your summertime routine! Consumer Reports has come out to warn parents who are using popular spray sunscreens to put those cans down immediately ... and don't pick 'em back up!


The problem? Spray sunscreen puts chemicals in the air -- chemicals that your kids shouldn't be breathing in.

The watchdog isn't the first to tell parents to steer clear of the products. The American Academy of Dermatology has been saying it for years. And the Environmental Working Group has also issued warnings about the sprays that tend to be a little easier on parents when it comes to applying sunscreen to wiggling toddlers. So what's different about the Consumer Reports warning?

Well, for starters, they're following up on an announcement last month from the Food and Drug Administration that the government is finally taking a look at possible dangers from the sprays. What's more, Consumer Reports has actually removed a sunscreen from its well-regarded safe list because of the concerns over what chemicals kids are breathing in when their parents use a spray.

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Hello, Moms and Dads, how much more warning do you need to can the cans of this stuff?

Spraying down a child is much more convenient than having to hold down a squirmer who is screaming bloody murder because you're "torturing" them with sunscreen. And hey, you get to keep your hands clean!

But just as we've seen with rear-facing car seats, sometimes the convenience just isn't worth it ... not when it puts our kids at risk.

Don't want to worry about what you're putting on your kids when they go out in the sun? Check the Environmental Working Group's annual safe sunscreen list for something non-toxic for your kids' skin.

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And if you absolutely must use one of the sprays, the folks at Consumer Reports suggest spraying it into your hands, then rubbing the sunscreen into your children's skin.

What kind of sunscreen do you use? A spray? A stick? A lotion?


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