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Warning about spray-on sunscreens for kids

(USA Today) - Consumer Reports is warning parents against spray-ons, saying it could put children at risk for asthma or allergy attacks.

The July warning comes after the Food and Drug Administration announced in 2011 that they are studying the product as to whether or not it can be harmful when inhaled by children. The FDA has not reached a conclusion yet.

"We now say that until the FDA completes its analysis, the products should generally not be used by or on children," Consumer Reports says. "We have also removed one sunscreen spray -- Ocean Potion Kids Instant Dry Mist SPF 50 -- from the group of recommended sunscreens in our sunscreen ratings, because it is marketed especially for children."

CR cautions only to use sprays on children if no other product is available at the time. If that is the case, CR recommends adults spray the sunscreen onto their hands and then rub it on their kids, avoiding the eyes and mouth.

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