Mother Alerts: Her Baby's Skin Was Damaged By Common Sunscreen. Now She Wants To Caution Others
The sunscreen products are manufactured to protect our skin from the dangerous sun exposure, however, sometimes they harm even more than the sun. Rebecca Cannon, the 32-year-old mother from Canada, used a spray sunscreen on her 14-month-old daughter, and the toddler developed a severe allergic reaction.
The face of little Kyla got covered with a rash and started blistering and swelling. The terrified mom rushed to the hospital and reported the case to the company of the sunscreen, but no one gave her the clear answer about the reason for such allergy.
Cannon’s Facebook post caused a stir among other parents who are concerned about using sunscreens on their kids.
Rebecca used Banana Boat spray on her daughter’s cheeks and nose and the next day discovered the horrible reaction. Because the girl’s face was so swollen, the doctors could not put a right diagnosis, explaining that any chemical in the sunscreen could cause the allergy. The company Edgewell claims their products undergo a thorough testing and dermatologic approve and are safe for babies.
The health experts say that there are many potential allergens in sunscreen products, so even if it was approved by dermatologists, one particular baby may be too sensitive to the certain chemical.
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Alok Vij, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic, suggests that Kyla might have a photoallergy – the allergy caused by a reaction of some chemicals and the sunrays.
For those with extra sensual skin (including very small babies), such reaction may trigger severe skin condition, itchiness, rash, swelling and blistering. The chemicals avobenzone, octinoxate, and octocrylene may lead to photoallergy.
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There is always a risk to experience a skin reaction after using a sunscreen. But despite this fact, the dermatologists recommend using sun protection products, testing them on a small patch of skin at first. Overexposure to the sun leads to skin cancer development, dehydration, and early skin aging.
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Here is what you can do to protect your kids from the sun:
1. It is not recommended to use sunscreen on the babies under 6 months old. Keep the newborns out of the sun, dress them in the protective clothing and a hat, keep giving water, and do not overlook overheating.
2. Stay away from the sun during the most active period from 11 am to 4 pm.
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3. Perform an allergy test on your child putting a small amount of the product on the wrist a day before.
4. If the testing does not reveal allergy, apply the sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours. If the baby spends time in the water, apply more often.
5. When picking baby sunscreen, pay attention to the broad-spectrum products with a high SPF level.
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6. Mineral based sunscreen containing zinc oxide or titanium dioxide is healthier and more appropriate for the sensitive skin.
7. Choose the organic products, which contain fewer chemicals and are unlikely to trigger the allergic reaction.
8. Stick to the creamy textures of the sunscreen. The sprays do not allow you control the amount of the product on the skin.
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9. Use protective clothes from natural light fabric. Stick to the light colors, which reflect the sun rays.
10. Avoid the products that are the combination of a sunscreen and the insect repellent DEET, since sunscreen must be used frequently and insect repellent may harm the skin if reapplied.
Remember, that your children’s health always comes first!
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