A Canadian mom is issuing a warning to other parents after her toddler daughter suffered second degree caustic burns after the mother rubbed Banana Boat sunscreen onto her daughter’s face, reports TODAY.
Rebecca Cannon, 32, was visiting her sister in Newfoundland, Canada, when she put the Banana Boat Kids Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 on her 14-month-old daughter’s face.
Not long after, the toddler’s face started to swell and become red, worsening the following morning.
“She was red. She was blistering.”
Cannon took her daughter to the ER where doctors diagnosed the child with a second degree burn. It was unclear at the time how the toddler received the burns, as she was covered in a hat and clothes for the better part of the day. Cannon said that no one else was burned by the sun, and her daughter was the only one wearing the sunscreen.
The cream prescribed by the doctors only made her face more swollen and red. After returning to the ER and being sent to a dermatologist, Cannon was told that her daughter suffered a “caustic burn from something in the sunscreen.”
Banana Boat offered the mother a full reimbursement and said that it would perform tests to determine the cause of the burns, but that isn’t enough for Cannon. She is also having the sunscreen independently tested.
Banana Boat and its parent company, Edgewell Personal Care Company, told TODAY that it investigates all consumer cases brought to the company’s attention.
“All Banana Boat products undergo rigorous testing to ensure they are appropriately labeled and meet all relevant health regulations, including SPF tests. All Banana Boat sunscreens also fall within a neutral PH range, which means they are safe for human skin, topical use, and cannot cause chemical burns, which are sometimes mistakenly linked to personal care products or confused with sunburns, or tissue damage.”
Dr. Adam Friedman told the publication that the reaction could likely be contact dermatitis.
“It could simply be an irritant reaction rather than something unique to this product.”
Friedman recommends that parents apply mineral block sunscreens — zinc oxide or titanium dioxide — to their children until they’re about 4 or 5 years old, because “there are specific sunscreens for different ages because there are unique biological differences at different ages. Infant skin is much more irritable.”
Cannon wants other parents to be wary of the products they’re using for their children.
“I never thought in a million years that this would happen. I just want people to do their due diligence when they are putting stuff on their youngsters.”
Ok so I'm getting many msgs and just want everyone to know Kyla is back home after another hospital trip this morning…
[Feature photo: Rebecca Cannon]