Spray-On Sunscreen Aggravates Asthma

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FDA Advises Parents Stick to Lotion Sunscreen for Now

Parents may want to make the rest of this summer free of spray sunscreen. Consumer Reports and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are looking into the harmful effects of aerosol sunblock on children.

These organizations are researching the effects that sprays have on children's lungs when inhaled. They warn that children are more likely to fidget or breathe in while parents apply sunscreen than adults, making it a risk for kids' health. The problems they associate with the sprays include asthma and allergy attacks triggered by the airborne particles. Their research is still inconclusive, however – they advise parents avoid spraying children until another report comes out with more information. If no other sunscreen is available, researchers recommend spraying the sunscreen into your hand, then applying it to a child.

The FDA adds that even if the products are found to be generally safe for children, spray sunscreens should never be used on a child whose asthma or other respiratory symptoms are easily irritated.

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Source: "Consumer Reports warns against spray-on sunscreens for kids." USA Today. July 10, 2014.