Despite using a Banana Boat sunscreen, a 3-year-old Virginia boy reportedly got first- and second-degree burns on a Memorial Day trip.
Now Liam Sayer’s mother, Jennifer, is speaking out after personally applying the 50 SPF spray onto her child, the Daily Mail reports.
“Multiple times during the day we had the kids come out of the water, dried them off completely and then reapplied the sun spray as directed,” she said. “When he got up for the day, his eyes were almost swollen shut, he had swelling and blistering all over his face, primarily on his cheeks and nose.”
Edgewell Personal Care, the company that makes Banana Boat sunscreens, responded stating all its products are completely safe.
“Nothing is more important to us than the well being of the people who use our products," the company said. "Consumers can rest assured that Banana Boat products provide safe and effective broad spectrum ... when used as directed on the product label, and with other sun protection measures as necessary.”
Dr. Eric Freeman, a pediatrician at Old Dominion Pediatrics in North Chesterfiled, Virginia, said the brand’s sunscreen lacks certain ingredients, WTVR reports.
“We look for sunscreens particularly for those sensitive areas that include zinc oxide or titanium dioxide,” Freeman said, which the Banana Boat sprays lacks.
The doctor said the burns may not be entirely Banana Boat’s fault.
“I can never guarantee to a family you won’t get burned despite doing all of the right things,” Freeman said.
Others say there are different products available that may be less harmful.
“We actually found the research shows just a standard Target brand actually performs as good or better than some of the others,” parent Jeff Dowdy told WTVR.
SafeMama.com recommends buying sunscreens with other ingredients beyond zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to ensure safety.
“Some sunscreens do not protect you against both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the ones responsible for making you turn pink or red in the sun, also known as sunburn. UVA rays are the nasty ones responsible for getting down into the underlying layers of skin causing wrinkling, aging, and in some cases skin cancer. Choose a sunscreen that protects from both UVB and UVA (also referred to as “broad spectrum,” the site said.