We must always be especially careful with the products we apply on the sensitive skin of the baby. Having no other on hand, the Canadian Rebecca Cannon, mother of a 14-month-old girl, thought that applying a sunscreen suitable for children was a better option than leaving her unprotected, but the product caused second degree burns on your baby's face.
I have shared the photos of your baby because he wants to alert other parents of this danger that we do not see in products that, in principle, seem harmless to the little ones.
The damage was not immediate. Rebecca says that the girl became increasingly red as the day progressed and, that the next day he woke up with a very red and swollen face, while blisters began to appear. He used the same product with his other three-year-old daughter and his nephew, but they suffered no harm.
Although the mother does not specify the form of spray application, the correct thing is apply the cream on the hands and then spread it on the skin of children, and not do it directly on the skin. Or choose another type of photoprotector presentation (it is lotion, cream, bar, etc.)
But the form of application does not seem to have been the cause of the burns. When taking her to the doctor, he told her that there have been cases of sunburn caused by sunscreens, and that it is possible that the sunscreen has caused a severe allergic reaction that caused the second degree burn In the girl.
The product used was Banana Boat Kids SPF50, a brand widely sold in Canada, whose labeling indicates that it is asuitable for children over six months. According to a statement sent to CBC, all products of the brand are subjected to rigorous tests and comply with all relevant standards of Canadian law.
What to consider when choosing sun creams for babies?
Both with the photoprotectors and with any other cosmetic product that is applied to babies, we must be especially cautious when choosing them. You should not use any cosmetic for little ones, since Its composition cannot be the same as that of an adult cosmetic product.
Especially, when choosing a baby photoprotector, you have to:
To choose creams with physical filters, inorganic, which are recommended for children because they have less risk of allergy. Creams with chemical filters are not recommended as they contain chemical elements that the baby's skin will absorb, causing allergies and irritations.
Choose creams that do not contain PABA (paraaminobenzoic acid), a substance that can cause allergic skin reactions.
Choose photoprotectors specific to your baby's age. (not recommended before six months)
Check the ingredients of the solar photoprotector.
Consult with your pediatrician before buying a photoprotector for your baby, especially if you have atopic dermatitis or any other allergy.
See a doctor immediately if the child suffers rash, itching, irritation or redness of the skin.
Discard the products that have expired.