When going on a trip to the beach sunscreen is very important for the hot sun. Sunblock is also important, especially for young kids and toddlers even when it’s cloudy.
If you have sensitive skin then it doesn’t take long for the sun to burn even if you are only going outside for a few minutes. One should never underestimate the strength and danger of sun exposure.
After spending a day in the sun, mother Rebecca Cannon thought her one-year-old daughter was well protected after coving her daughter in SPF50 sunblock. However the toddler’s skin turned red and began to peel. Rebecca realised it wasn’t the sun that she needed to worry about so she wants to warn others.
Rebecca Cannon borrowed some sunscreen spray from her sister to use for Kyla as it was a pretty hot day in Newfoundland, Canada.
Rebecca thought the SPF50 sunblock would have been enough to protect her daughter’s face on a sunny day. Rebecca son realized that the SPF numbers on sunblock bottles aren’t reliable, after her daughter’s face began to blister.
Rebecca put sunblock on her daughter’s face before going outside but it wasn’t until the next morning that her daughter’s started to burn.
Her daughter Kyla’s face swelled up she was burned and had big blisters on her cheeks. Despite the fact that the toddler barely spent any time out in the sun that day.
“As the day went on, she got a little redder and redder and the next morning she woke up and was swollen. She was bright red. There were blisters starting to pop up,” says Rebecca.
Rebecca decided to take her daughter to a hospital emergency room, the doctor confirmed that the girl had second degree chemical burns.
Rebecca couldn’t help but worry as no one in the family had any signs of sunburns at all. A dermatologist was quick to uncover the likely truth behind the situation.
Apparently the sunblock was the cause, doctors informed Rebecca that it was possible her burns were a severe allergic reaction to the sunblock. This meant there may have been some kind of dangerous chemical in it.
Thankfully, Kyla will likely not deal with long-term issues and also does not seem to have any scarring, despite suffering from the burns.
In an attempt to prevent it from happening to other children Rebecca wrote about the incident on Facebook:
The sunblock Rebecca Cannon used on her daughter is called Banana Boat Kids SPF50. Rebecca decided to write to the company and issue a complaint concerning the ill effects of their sunscreen.
After Rebeccas warning and several reports of babies developing serious chemical burns upon using Banana Boat sunscreens, Health Canada launched an investigation into the products.
The department of health received almost 200 complaints from Canadians about Banana Boat sunscreen products.
Following, a vast range of examinations there didn’t seem to be any reason for concern about the sunscreen products.
This incident was probably more freak rather than one that implicates the manufacturers. It’s possible that Kyla had a severe allergic reaction.
It’s important to make people aware about this story so this doesn’t happen to any child again.
Babies and young children can have allergic reactions or very sensitive skin, so testing before full coverage, so patch testing is all the more crucial!
Not all sunscreens are reliable, so you be sure to consult your doctor about which one is best for your child.
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