Mom Warns Parents After Baby Gets 2nd-Degree Burns From Baby Sunscreen

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What’s the best baby sunscreen for your little ones?

Summer is just around the corner, and you know what that means: The battle is on when it comes to protecting your family from the sun’s harmful rays.

The sun is a powerful force, and it only takes one bad sunburn to learn that two minutes of application is much better than weeks of crispy, cracked, peeling and painful skin.

Not Every Baby Sunscreen Is Safe

But not every sunscreen fits the bill. In fact, a mother from Canada is sending a major warning to people everywhere about the dangers of sunscreen and how it can cause 2nd degree burns.

Rebecca Cannon

Rebecca Cannon lathered her 14-month-old daughter in Banana Boat Kids SPF 50 before heading out for a day in the sun. It turns out that the sun was the least of Rebecca’s concerns.

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After using the popular sunscreen to protect her daughter from the suns harsh rays, it ended up being the lotion—not the sun—that she needed protection from.

baby sunscreenRebecca Cannon

Rebecca hadn’t noticed a problem when she applied some of the sunscreen on her daughter’s face. Of course, she wasn’t aware at the time that she should be looking for one.

“As the day went on, she got a little redder and redder and the next morning she woke up and was swollen, she was bright red, there were blisters starting to pop up.”

The concerned mother took the toddler to the doctor where they identified her skin to be suffering from second degree burns, also known as chemical burns. Many parents do not realize you can get a chemical burn from sunscreen.

“I would have never in a million years imagined her to get a burn so severe from sunscreen,” wrote Rebecca.

baby sunscreenRebecca Cannon

Rebecca’s doctor said that the 2nd degree burns could have been caused by a severe allergic reaction. Similar cases have been reported in some babies.

The solution is not to give up using baby sunscreen altogether, because sunburned skin and cancerous spots are obviously not what we want for our children either.

Experts recommend doing some research before purchasing sunscreen for your family. The Environmental Working Group’s “Skin Deep” sunscreen guide is an excellent place to start. They have lists of the best and worst scoring sunscreens for kids, as well as a plethora of tips and tricks for keeping your family safe in the sun.

An informative article from lists 2016’s best and worst sunscreens, as reported by the Environmental Working Group. The EWG rates sunscreens on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst:

The Best Beach and Sport sunscreens for kids

The Best Sunscreens for Kids

The Worst Sunscreens for Kids

On the 1 to 10 scale, the below products scored a 7 or higher (with 10 being the worst) because they made high SPF claims or had higher amounts of the additives oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate.

  • Banana Boat Kids Max Protect & Play Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 100**
  • Coppertone Water Babies Sunscreen Stick, Wacky Foam, and Sunscreen lotion, SPF 55
  • CVS Baby Sunstick Sunscreen and Spray, SPF 55
  • Equate Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55
  • Hampton Sun Continuous Mist Sunscreen For Kids, SPF 70
  • Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray and Stick products, SPF 70
  • Up & Up Kids Sunscreen Stick, SPF 55

**This was the only product that got a 10.

In addition to doing your research, experts suggest doing the “spot test” on your kids. This shouldn’t be a last-minute experiment as you’re running out the door to the beach. Do it after school or in the evening, by simply dabbing the baby sunscreen onto a small area of your child’s skin and watching to see if they have an allergic reaction.

Remember, we know the sun will burn you. The test is to make sure that the baby sunscreen won’t.

When it all comes down to it, the summer sun is hard to avoid. Prepare yourself and your family now for the long days ahead.

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