Chicago Tribune, Julie Deardorff: Sunscreen can help prevent those painful episodes of childhood sunburn, a risk factor for skin cancer later in life. But although sunscreen is recommended for infants older than six months by everyone from the National Institutes of Health to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there's growing concern by advocacy groups, parents and some doctors that some of the chemicals in the products are endocrine disruptors and may pose risks to children.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which drafted sunscreen safety standards in 1978, is expected to issue the final rules in October. But for the last three decades, "it has been a Wild West on the market," said Jane Houlihan, senior vice president of research for the advocacy group Environmental Working Group (ewg.org). "Parents need to be careful what they're using, as well as follow other sun-safety measures, including wearing protective clothing and sunglasses," she said.
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