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Parents urged to only use lotion sunscreen for children

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Updated: 7/09 6:02 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – Parents are being warned about the possible danger of spray sunscreen by the FDA.

Consumer Reports is urging parents not to use spray sunscreen, and not to spray it in your child's face. They're concerned about the possible inhalation of the chemicals used in the sunscreen.

The Food and Drug Administration has been looking into the ingredients and safety, but has yet to release it's standing on potential risks. Until then, parents and caregivers are urged to use lotion on the little ones. 

One Albany woman says she makes sure her grandchildren are protected.

"So I have to increase, instead of using the 30s so I use anything 50 and over. It's really best to applying yourself as an adult. Because the children sometimes miss areas and don't often apply or reapply when it's necessary, maybe did an arm or one leg on the other side then took off,” said Denise Walker.

One local pediatrician says that while we await the FDA’s verdict, parents should just use common sense and to ensure children are protected from the sun.

It is advised that if spray sunscreen is the only one available, parents should spray it into their hands, then apply it to faces.

"The sun is dangerous for the skin. And the message for parents should be avoid the sun,” says pediatrician Dr. James Sapertone.

Dr. Sapertone  says the best protection is clothes and shade, then the next level is sunscreen.

“In know there is some issues with spray, after all common sense if spray is the only way you are going to get your kid to get sun lotion on, then that's fine. Just use common sense. And have them keep their mouth closed. There is nothing that I know in the ingredients that's really deadly,” he said.

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