As the hot summer months continue, a new warning is advising parents to consider discontinuing the use of spray-on sunscreen on children. Although the sunscreens are easier to use, research on how the chemicals affect a child’s lungs is still underway.
Currently, the Food and Drug Administration is studying if chemicals found in these sunscreens contain small particles that are known to cause developmental problems in animals’ lungs. The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety actually recommends not using sprays with titanium dioxide nanoparticles.
In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration announced changes that would better inform consumers about sunscreen, including testing the safety of sunscreen sprays and the possibility of creating warnings for the sprays.
Children are more susceptible to lung irritants and the smaller they are, the easier it is for their lungs to be irritated. In some cases, the sprays could trigger asthma attacks or cause choking.
Consumer Reports suggests spraying the sunscreen on your hand first, then rubbing it into the skin. If using spray-on sunscreen, adults should avoid spraying it directly on their face. Additionally, it is better to rub the sunscreen in to better protect the skin from the sun’s rays.
If you or someone you know has fallen ill after using spray-on sunscreen, you may want to file a complaint with the FDA as their investigation into the products continues.
Additionally, the product liability attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm may be able to help you determine what your legal rights are. When companies fail to disclose or discover the danger their products pose on consumers, they need to be held responsible.
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