Mom Issues Warning To Others About Using Aerosol-Based Sunscreen For Small Kids


As the sun starts to come out again for the spring, it's important to remember the importance of sunscreen - especially for our kids, who are sensitive to the sun.

However, you might want to heed this mom's warning about a particular aerosol sunscreen spray, which she shared to her Facebook timeline.

“Please watch and be careful when using aerosolized sunscreen!” the mom wrote on Facebook, sharing a series of graphic photos showing the burns on her daughter Kyla’s face. “I have done a lot of research. Since coming home and have found a disturbing amount of cases like ours. I don’t know why it’s not removed from the shelves!!”

The spray that she used was Banana Boat SPF 50 broad spectrum kids sunscreen. “On the back of the bottle it said it was safe for use on all ages unless the child is under 6 months of age,” she explained in an interview with POPSUGAR, adding that Kyla wasn’t even exposed to any sun.

Sharing a Facebook post with graphic images of skin damage to her infant child, Rebecca wrote:

“Kyla is back home after another hospital trip this morning due to extreme swelling, but she is doing OK and is in good spirits. Please watch and be careful when using aerosol sunscreens! I have done a lot of research since coming home and have found a disturbing amount of cases like ours. I don’t know why it’s not removed from the shelves!! . . . Please be careful — the sunscreen used was Banana Boat SPF 50 broad spectrum kids’ sunscreen. Have spoken with Banana Boat and at this point, besides a reimbursement for the product, [it’s] not sounding like they are going to do anything.”

According to Cannon, at the time of her post, Health Canada was investigating nine other similar cases related to aerosol sunscreen and damage caused to children. On top of this, many other parents shared their own horrifying experiences with the spray in the comments.

“Almost the exact same thing happened to my son years ago except worse. It was over his entire skin and came close to killing him,” wrote one user.

Cannon hopes that Kyla’s scary incident serves as a warning to other parents. “I just want the word out for parents to be careful as to what they are putting on their children,” she told POPSUGAR. She also noted that she had contacted Banana Boat, who gave her a reimbursement but took no further action.

Putting my legal hat on for a second, we can’t be sure that it was the Banana Boat spray that caused this condition. However, hopefully it will remind other parents to be mindful of what they apply to their babies’ skin. They’re such delicate little things!

I’m so glad that Kyla recovered and that the damage wasn’t more serious. Are there safety measures you wish would be put in place for your little ones? Let me know in the comments! And be sure to share this with your friends and family to spread the word! AAx