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New consumer alert, FDA investigation into spray-on sunscreen

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Some sources say spraying sunscreen on your kids could be the worst thing you do this summer. 

Right in the middle of these hottest days of the year, there is a new alert for parents about sunscreen and kids.

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating the potential risks of the spray-on sunscreen for children. Concerns include kids breathing in the ingredients which is why the FDA is asking us to take caution until an investigation is complete. Health experts are questioning what kind of sunscreen we use despite spray-on becoming the quickest and easiest to apply, especially for kids.

"You just spray and go, they don't want to wait for it to get all rubbed in," Babysitter Kyle Berke said.

But the latest consumer alert might have us thinking twice about using that spray-on kind. Avera Physician Dr. Kim Hanssen explains.

"The big concern with the spray-on sunscreen is that you have particles that can go into your lungs. The concern and what's being evaluated is if it's the particle size that goes into the lungs, causes inflammation and wheezing or if it's chemicals that go in and can be potentially dangerous," Avera McGreevy Clinic Physician Dr. Kim Hanssen said.

At this time, Dr. Hanssen says it's not clear whether it's the chemicals or the size of the particles affecting the lungs that are causing the problem. 


Meanwhile, moms and caretakers like Kyla Berke will be reconsidering what they use with kids at the pool.

"I can understand why the fumes would be bad for the kids. I haven't thought about it because it's been so popular and it's easy to use," Berke said. "They have both options so they will probably have to go back to the lotion."

"This is the first summer we've used the spray stuff. I'm not sure if we'll keep using it. Research keeps coming out. We'll see," mom Lauren Spain said.

If you use the spray-on sunscreen, Avera's Dr. Hanssen encourages us to spray it onto our hands before we lather up our arms and face. Regardless what kind you decide to use, make sure it's SPF 30+ for kids. 

Other things to keep in mind, according to the consumer report: adults can still use the spray-on sunscreen but don't spray directly onto or around the face, avoiding especially the eyes and mouth. Apply enough sunscreen. Tests have found that sprays can work well when used properly but it's harder to make sure you've applied enough, especially when it's windy. You're encouraged to spray as much as can be evenly applied and then repeating, just to be safe. 

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