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Mom Warns Parents About Aerosol Sunscreen After Baby Suffers Third-Degree Burns

We hope no other children suffer like this!

Aerosol sunscreen is so fantastically convenient. Whether you have squirmy toddlers who just want to get in the pool already or just don’t want to get your hands all greasy with the traditional stuff, a few sprays of SPF 50 sound pretty darn nice. But one mom who applied aerosol sunscreen to her child is outraged—she says it gave her daughter third-degree burns all over her face.

According to her post on Facebook, Rebecca Cannon carefully checked the instructions on the Banana Boat aerosol sunscreen she bought. The bottle said it was safe for children 6 months and older to use, so she applied it to her hands and then to her 14-month-old daughter’s face. Then, her daughter developed swelling and horrific third-degree burns on her cheeks and around her eyes.

“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!” Cannon wrote. “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.”

Cannon said her daughter Kyla wasn’t even in the sun and that the burns have to be from the aerosol sunscreen.

“I just want the word out for parents to be careful as to what they are putting on their children,” she told POPSUGAR in an interview. “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.”

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It might be more of a hassle, but you’re probably better off sticking to the traditional stuff in the tube. ConsumerReports even says that adults shouldn’t use aerosol sunscreen on their face—better safe than sorry.