Consumer Reports warns against spray-on sunscreen

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. --- Are you using spray-on sunscreens? If you are, Consumer Reports is asking you to wait before you spray. Consumer Reports is warning parents against spray-on lotions, saying it could put children at risk for asthma or allergy attacks. The warning comes after the Food and Drug Administration announced they are studying the product as to whether or not it can be harmful when inhaled by children.

Spence Crimmins of Jacksonville Beach, protects his 8-year-old with spray-on sunscreen.

"It goes on smooth and it doesn't leave a thick residue for him," said Crimmins.

However, the FDA is looking into the product for potential health risks.

Ryan Crimmins, 8, says the spray is great, especially when he gets the itch to jump in the water.

"It's just quick and easy and it's really smooth and it doesn't hurt my skin," said Crimmins.

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Doctor Sunil Joshi, MD, is a family asthma and allergy specialist. He says spray-on sunscreens and all aerosol products should never be used on kids with respiratory symptoms. Dr. Joshi says the sprays can trigger an allergy attacks or an asthma attack.

"If there is a child who tends to cough or wheeze or gets head-colds and now you are spraying in their face, they are very likely to have those same symptoms and that can persist for hours at a time," said Dr. Joshi.

Dr. Joshi recommends lotions without scents and hypo-allergenic lotions, as well. He says he uses scent-less lotions for his children.

However, Crimmins says he will continue using lotions on his children, saying, "It doesn't persuade me because this is my youngest and we've used it since he was little and we have a 21-year-old and they are both doing just fine."

Dr. Joshi has some advice for parents who are heading to the beach and find themselves with a bottle of spray-on lotion.

"For Mom and Dad, put it on their hands and then put it on the child themselves so that the child isn't getting exposed to the aerosol spray itself," Joshi said.

According to the FDA, the concern is not for adults, but only for children.

FCN polled 10 families on Jacksonville Beach and found 7 out of 10 parents uses spray-on lotion for their children.


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