FDA warns about spray sunscreen health risks

Published 07/08 2014 05:24PM

Updated 07/08 2014 06:46PM

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV)--The Food and Drug Administration is warming parents about the potential health risk of spray sunscreen.

“I just spray some on their arms and they wipe it in and then they can go, said mom of five Carrie Schwartz.

Schwartz is one of many moms that use spray on sunscreen to protect their children from the sun. 

But the FDA is asking parents to think twice about using it. 

The agency says the ingredients can be harmful to children and when sprayed they can accidently breathe it in.

When asked if she was surprised to hear this, Schwartz said, “You figure sunscreen is sunscreen and it should all be the same.”

 If you do have to use the spray sunscreen, the FDA recommends first spraying it on your hand-and then lathering it into your skin.

For lifeguards reapplying sunscreen throughout the day is crucial.  

Calebb Bernhardt who spends more than four hours in the sun each day skips the spray sunscreen for other reasons.

“I’ve come to find the spray doesn’t do any good.  So normally I just ask them to apply sunscreen.  The problem with the spray, it doesn’t go on evenly at all," said Bernhardt.

Some moms opt for a more natural alternative. 

To protect her 22 month old—this mom uses Arbonne.

Trisha Rhodes said,“It goes on kind of thicker which makes me feel good because I feel like it’s actually staying on his skin versus maybe the aerosol where you don’t know if you’re actually seeing it stay on his skin.”

The FDA said the spray isn't harmful to adults but warned to never spray your face directly.

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