Are Spray-On Sunscreens Safe for Kids?

Consumer Reports advises parents to avoid spray sunscreens for their kids while the FDA investigates potential risks.
1:45 | 07/09/14

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Now to that new recommendation about spray sunscreens. Consumer reports has a warning, don't spray your kids at least for now. The fda is investigating the potential risk and ABC news chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser is here to tell us about this new report. What's going on? The big concern is with kids breathing this in and whether that's dangerous. There haven't been any medical reports of a problem but the fda called for more research on that and "Consumer reports" says it will that's in you shouldn't use sprays on kids. I did not like hearing that. We use it so much because you want them to use it. Any way to do it safely? I think there is and it is a balance. You want that sunscreen on them. You want to make sure that you're not using it on a windy day because you can't control it. You never want to spray it near their face, put it on your hands and rub it on the face. Put it on before they're out at the pool and beach so you can control it more and reapply often. So how effective is it compared to the creams, because it's a daily battle trying to get the kids to get it on? I think that question is just as important. The information is not in. For lotions you have to put it on frequently and put on a lot of it and we know with the sprays, I see people at the beach spraying it in the general vicinity of the child and thinking it's doing some good. That clearly doesn't work so if you're going to use it, use it carefully, you want to put it on often just like you would with a lotion. Right now the caution is just for children, not for adults? ? Well, for adults the same thing, never spray it near your face. You can apply it to your body. Use your hands to put it on your face and put it on often and thick. I like that. Put it on often, put it on thick. All right, rich. We reached out for a comment from a trade organization representing the sunscreen industry but have not heard back as of yet.

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