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FDA says to think twice about spraying children with sunscreen

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The FDA is investigating the risks of spray sunscreens, and Consumer Reports said, that until more information is released, parents should hold off using sprays on children.

News 18 spoke with an area doctor on the issue, who said the biggest concern with children is that they may inhale the particles that are sprayed. She said it's hard for parents to keep their children still while they're trying to apply the sunscreen.

"What the FDA is concerned about, in particular, is zinc oxide which is a powerful sunscreen, it's the, if you remember the lifeguards with the white noses that's what would be used in that and that is made in such tiny little particles that once it's inhaled into the lungs, there's concern that there may be reaction in the body against those tiny little particles of zinc in the lungs," Julia Kyle, an area doctor, said.

Kyle said parents can still use the spray on young children if they spray it first into their hands and then rub it on after.

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