Ah, summer. There’s nothing like the days of getting to be outside all the time. But if you’re heading to a beach or pool, you can’t forget about sunscreen.
Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) (both from the sun and from tanning machines) is one of the biggest factors of cancer in humans, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. So while it’s important to lotion up all year round, it’s especially important during the hottest months of the year.
And even more important? Protecting your babies from the sun, if you’re a parent. Every sunburn a child gets can put them at risk for skin cancer later on in life. Additionally, a child can get a sunburn within minutes of being in the sun, especially if they’re not sufficiently protected with a good, well-equipped sunscreen.
Unfortunately, that might be harder to find than we think. Recently, one mom named Rebecca Cannon thought she was doing right by her child by covering her 14-month-old daughter Kyla with an aerosol sunscreen for a day out in the sun.
The sunscreen she purchased, which was Banana Boat SPF 50 broad spectrum kids sunscreen, displayed clearly on the directions that it was safe for children 6 months and older. Additionally, Rebecca read that it was best to squeeze the sunscreen into her hands first and then rub it onto the child’s face for optimal application.
However, as you can see in the devastating photo below, poor Kyla suffered severe burns on her little cheeks even after Rebecca did everything right in trying to protect her—and the craziest part is, Kyla was barely even in the sun this day!
Rebecca posted about the incident to her Facebook in an effort to warn other parents about children and sunscreen.
“Please watch and be carful when using aerosolized sunscreen! I have done a lot of research. Since coming home and have found a disturbing amount of cases like ours, I don’t know why it’s not removed from the shelves!” she wrote in her post.
After posting, dozens of parents said that they’ve experienced similar mishaps with the same brand of sunscreen. How unfortunate is that—we wish the brand would do something about it to ensure that no other child gets this badly burned!
Thankfully, Kyla is on the mend and her burns have been showing signs of improvement. It might be a while until she’s in the sun again, though!
“I just want the word out for parents to be careful as to what they are putting on their children,” Rebecca told PopSugar.
If your child does ever get a bad sunburn, here are some tips and pointers to remember:
- Massage their skin with soothing ointments such as aloe vera. But try to avoid lotions as some can cause allergic reactions.
- Give them a soothing cool bath.
- Offer a cold wet compress.
- Make sure they’re drinking lots of water and liquids so they don’t get dehydrated.
- Try a pain reducer such as children’s Tylenol if they’re still in pain.
- If nothing is working, a pediatrician can provide a prescription burn cream or oral steroid.
Has your child ever experiences such a severe sunburn like Kyla did? Do you have a tried and trusted sunscreen brand you can share?