Mom warns about sunscreen after baby girl ends up in ER

Posted May 24, 2017

He says protecting your body from the sun is a whole package deal.

McGee says she's reached out to the company and is still waiting for a response, though she warns you to consider what kind of sunscreen you're putting on yourself and your kids.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and Barton Bradshaw, M.D., from Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital answers the most frequent questions about sun protection and provides tips to keep you protected all summer long.

For starters, the EWG assures that there is no proof that sunscreens prevent the common forms of skin cancer, as the rates of melanoma or skin cancer in the Usa have tripled over the course of the last 35 years. Many others contain ingredients that you don't want to be rubbing on your skin. The SPF number is the level of protection sunscreen provides against UVB rays. DermalYouth is dedicated to bringing preventative skincare education and products to people of all ages helping to spread the word about premature aging, skin damage, and skin cancers. Studies have shown that when provided with a high-SPF sunscreen, bathers were more likely to spend more time in the sun.

How much sunscreen should be applied? But, she says, consumers are not getting the protection they think they are.

1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.

The Food and Drug Administration has yet to decide whether it will stop allowing sunscreen manufacturers to market their products with SPF numbers higher than 50, even though sunscreens with 90 and 100 SPF coverage often offer similar protection as those that are SPF 50, Lunder said. Both of the two types of UV rays can cause skin cancer. Melanoma is now the most common cancer in young adults. They suggest using titanium dioxide or zinc oxide sunscreen on children. Two ingredients, in particular, oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, consumers should avoid.

The mom says she was using Banana Boat Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen in an aerosol container. But UVA and UVB protection do not harmonize, and because the FDA caps the number of active ingredients in a product, high SPF sunscreens-which are geared toward protecting against UVB rays-leave very little room for anti-UVA ingredients like zinc oxide and avobenzone.

So how might beachgoers, preparing to shake off the drab, rainy cloak of spring, navigate the sunscreen aisle before heading to the shore?

Don't Rely On Sprays Only- They're super convenient, but not quite as effective. So cover up! Wear shirts, hats, pants, and shorts whenever possible.