Sunscreen safety reminders

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We all know it’s important to wear sunscreen when spending any time outdoors, but there can be a lot of choices to sort through.

In 2011, the FDA announced they were studying the spray sunscreens to see whether or not they’re harmful when inhaled by children.

“Consumer Reports” magazine is warning parents about spray sunscreens. They say until the FDA completes its analysis of the products, parents should avoid using them on children.

However, we talked to a local public health department who says there is really nothing to worry about.

“I think, for the most part right now, it’s indicating that they are safe to use. You may want to tell the children to close their eyes and hold their breath when you’re spraying. And a lot of times, too when you’re spraying anything in the face, it’s always nice to spray it on your hands, and then apply it .It’s just going to help keep control of where that spray is going,” says Karen Crimmings with Cerro Gordo County Public Health.

She suggests, if you do use the spray to rub it in with your hands to make sure it fully covers your skin. With any kind of sunscreen, make sure it’s at least a SPF 15 and waterproof.

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