You’ve had a family trip to the beach planned now for months. Everyone has been getting their things ready, and you can feel the excitement rippling through the air.
The kids have spent massive amounts of time packing their “favorite things” (aka: half their room) into their suitcases. You know you’ll inevitably have to go through and cut about three fourths of the toys out of their bags.
You make a mental note of everything you still need to pack. Pillows, towels, shampoo, and you can’t forget to get the required sunscreen. You’ll need to swing by the store, because your family has depleted your supply from last year.
You go about your day, packing and cleaning, making lists, and preparing to go.
Exhausted, you take a break, and turn on your phone. You, of course, go straight to Facebook, because come on, we all do it. You scroll to see what’s happening in the world.
Then you FREEZE.
You see post that makes you cringe.
*Warning. These pictures are graphic.*
According to mom, Rebecca Cannon, her little girl was burned while at the beach back in 2017. She didn’t just get a little sunburn, she was BURNED.
Did she not use sunscreen on that poor baby??
Of course she did!! According to Ms. Cannon, she used Banana Boat SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Kids sunscreen.
According to the website, DirectionsForMe, this particular sunscreen is
“Tear-free, Sting-free, UVA/UVB protection, Pediatrician tested, Broad SPF 50, Recommended (by the) Skin Cancer Foundation, Fragrance free, (and) Water resistant (80 minutes).”
SO WHAT HAPPENED?
Cannon and family were enjoying a fun day at the beach. Fourteen-Month-Old Kayla was sprayed down “mildly” with the aerosol spray. Rebecca didn’t have any sunscreen specifically for babies, but figured it would be okay at Kayla’s age.
After awhile, Rebecca noticed that Kayla was getting “redder and redder and the next morning she woke up and was swollen, she was bright red, there were blisters starting to pop up.” She later learned these blisters were actually 2nd degree caustic burns (chemical burns).
Kayla has since healed up, and doing great. This, however, is not an isolated incident. There are others out there with much the same story.
Don’t get me wrong. There are good reviews of this product as well.
The moral of this story is:
- Fully read the directions on all sunscreen packaging.
- Use solely as directed.
- Reapply as needed.
- Rub it in after you spray.
- Keep your child in the shade as much as possible. Have them play under a beach umbrella if possible.
- If you notice your child start to get sunburned, get them completely out of the sun. It’s probably a good idea to go ahead and wash that sunscreen off fully.
Have fun, but be careful out there!!
(The ideas in this article are mine, and have not been sponsored.)