Consumer Reports warning on spray-on sunscreens

Lido Key, Florida -- A new warning is out for parents about the sunscreen they use on their kids. Consumer Reports recommends parents stop using the spray-on sunscreens for now until more research is done about possible chemicals kids may be taking into their lungs.

Protecting his son from the sun's rays is a priority for Mike Myers and he says spray-on sunscreens make that job easier for him.

Easier to use, sure, but are they safer?

Consumer Reports says maybe not.

It recommends parents put spray-on sunscreens on hold and wait for an FDA study on chemicals found in spray-on sunscreens that may contain small particles known to cause developmental problems in animals' lungs. The chemicals are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.

Click here to read Consumer Reports warning.

"So if there is ever any concern, my feeling is -- go the safer route," says Dr. Rebecca Llamado, a pediatrician at Sarasota Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Llamado says children's lungs are more vulnerable to irritants.

"In general, the smaller the child is, the smaller the airways are. So if there is irritation in the lungs, they'll be more affected than adults in a similar situation," says Llamado.

Keely Biladeau says these sunscreens give her fair skin the best protection, but at a cost because she's asthmatic.

"It's not very good, because you start coughing a little bit. But it's a good warning to have at least," Biladeau says.

But is it enough of warning to get her to switch?

"Yeah," she says, "because of the warning and being asthmatic, I don't want to put myself at risk."

Instead of spraying the sunscreen onto your child's skin, Consumer Reports suggests spraying it on your hand first, then rubbing it on their bodies. When using the spray-on sunscreens adults should avoid the face area.

As for Myers he sees no harm using the spray on sunscreen in moderation.

"I'd like to see more research done on it."

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