Report looks at potential hazards of spray-on sunscreens for kids



PITTSBURGH - Parents are being warned to stop using spray sunscreens on children following an FDA investigation into potential inhalation risks.

According to Consumer Reports, spray-on sunscreen could put children at risk for asthma or allergy attacks.

"We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children," Consumer Reports says. "We have also removed one sunscreen spray - Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 - from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen ratings, because it is marketed especially for children."

Consumer Reports cautions only to use sprays on children if no other product is available at the time.

If that is the case, Consumer Reports recommends adults spray the sunscreen onto their hands and then rub it on their kids, avoiding the eyes and mouth.