As the summer season kicks in, parents across the globe are reintroducing sunscreen to protect their children from harmful sun rays. However, for one mother, a routine outing turned into a nightmare, leading her to issue a heartfelt warning to all parents.
We often learn the hard way that a few minutes of sunscreen application can save weeks of painful sunburns and peeling skin. Unfortunately, not all sunscreens are created equal, as a mother from Botwood, Canada painfully discovered. Rebecca Cannon trusted sunscreen to protect her 14-month-old daughter but ended up causing a terrifying second-degree burn.
Cannon used Banana Boat Kids SPF50 in an aerosol can, relying on its “alcohol-free” and “broad spectrum protection” claims. Believing she was safeguarding her child’s skin, she soon realized her mistake.
Recalling the incident, Cannon said, “As the day went on, she got a little redder and redder, and the next morning she woke up and was swollen, bright red, with blisters starting to pop up.” Panicked, Cannon rushed her baby girl, named Kyla, to the Emergency Room, where she received treatment for severe second-degree burns—on her face.
Medical professionals explained that similar burn cases caused by sunscreen have been reported before. They also raised the possibility of the sunscreen triggering an extreme allergic reaction that resulted in second-degree burns.
Banana Boat describes the product on its website as the “perfect sunscreen that’s gentle on kids’ skin, yet powerful enough to provide protection.” However, Cannon’s experience, coupled with the numerous similar cases she has come across since sharing her story online, has left her questioning why such a dangerous product remains on store shelves. She expressed, “I honestly don’t understand how it’s still on the shelves. I would have never, in a million years, imagined her to get a burn so severe from sunscreen.”
In light of these incidents, doctors are urging parents to conduct a “spot test” on their children’s skin before the scorching heat arrives. They advise performing the test after school or in the evening, by applying a small amount of sunscreen to a limited area and monitoring for any allergic reactions.
This cautionary tale serves as a reminder that careful consideration should be given to the choice and application of sunscreen, ensuring the well-being and safety of children during sunny summer days.