A mom in Canada is warning others about the dangers of sunscreen.

Rebecca Cannon used the sunscreen her sister had at her house to protect her daughter, but the Banana Boat Kids SPF50 she put on her 14-month-old daughter's face caused a severe burn instead, according to CBC News.

Over time, after Cannon had applied some of the sunscreen lightly on her daughter's face, the girl's skin began to change:

“As the day went on, she got a little redder and redder and the next morning she woke up and was swollen, she was bright red, there were blisters starting to pop up.”

The mother took her daughter, Kyla, to the doctor, where she was told the 14-month-old had second-degree burns.


The doctor told Cannon the burns could have been caused by a severe allergic reaction:

“He said in some babies, there has been other cases of burns caused by sunscreen.”

The mother was given an antihistamine cream to bring down the swelling on Kyla's face and prescribed a steroid.


Cannon was shocked this happened to her daughter:

“I would have never in a million years imagined her to get a burn so severe from sunscreen.”

As CBC News reports, the Banana Boat website describes the spray Cannon used on her daughter as the “perfect sunscreen that's gentle on kids' skin, yet powerful enough to provide protection.”

However, as some commenters on Cannon's Facebook post pointed out, the product is not specifically designed for babies. Cannon conceded that she knew her daughter should have been wearing baby sunscreen, but it was not available to her at the time.


For their part, a Banana Boat representative said in a statement to CBC News:

We are greatly concerned when any person encounters a reaction using our products. We have spoken with the consumer and asked for the product so that our quality assurance team can look into this further. Without examining the product, it is difficult to determine what may have caused the problem as described.

The mother said the company offered her a refund with a paid postage box to return the sunscreen she used. But for her, it's not enough.

Cannon's situation is not unique. In 2014, Alabama mom Amber Reece applied Banana Boat SPF50 sunscreen to her 11-month-old daughter's face. When the girl's skin began to turn red and blister, Reece paid a visit to her pediatrician, who told her the baby may have had an adverse reaction to the product. The pediatrician in this case, however, pointed out that the reaction could also have been caused by too much skin exposure.

In order to keep your child safe, Cafe Moms recommends researching products before purchasing and then performing a “spot test” — where you apply the sunscreen on a small portion of the child's skin — to ensure that he or she does not have an adverse reaction.

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@Coach(17 likes)So the manufacturers are concerned and were willing to do what they can but this mom probably wants to SUE them for HER unwillingness to take the amount of time to TEST whether this product NOT meant for babies would hurt her child! More litigiousness and more need for others to tell us what to do as without others to tell some folks, they have no brain to think for themself with! Moms .... do NOT use a non baby product on your baby without testing it or finding out FIRST what the consequences may be!
@Tess(14 likes)Thing is just about all sunscreens contain toxic ingredients.  People buy the marketing - not the product.  If people were actually buying a product, they'd spend more time researching the ingredients. Many sunscreens, for example, contain  Oxybenzone (known to  cause hormone disruptions and cell damage that may provoke cancer);   Octinoxate (a hormone disrupter and  may actually be a culprit for premature aging because it produces free radicals that can damage skin and cells);   Homosalate (accumulates in the body faster than it can be rid of and is a hormone disrupter);  Retinyl Palmitate / Vitamin A palmitate (actually increases the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer when exposed to the sunlight);  Fragrance (describes any number of harmful chemicals that do not have to be listed individually on the label such as parabens (interferes with hormone production) - actually ANY synthetic fragrance is a hormone disrupter and should be avoided),  Phthalates (carcinogenic, synthetic preservative linked to reproductive effects such as decreased sperm counts, early breast development, and birth defects as well as liver and kidney damage),  Synthetic musks (also linked to hormone disruption). We've been lied to insofar as 'needing' sunscreen to be slathered all over our bodies every time we spend time in the sun.  Our bodies NEED a certain amount of sun.....the 'sunshine vitamin'....because it helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorou.  It also facilitates normal immune system function. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases   The only time one may actually 'need' it is when one decides to bake out in the sun unconvered for hours at a time.  Otherwise, a couple of hours in the sun is actually good for us.  My mother used to make us go outside to play on sunny days for this reason. As an aside, has any noticed that the increase in skin cancer correlates with the increased use of skin care products with the above ingredients?  The skin is the biggest organ and absorbs everything applied to it, which means we should be reading the ingredients of what we put on our bodies as well as much as what we put in our bodies. 
@Consco(12 likes)What a cutie! Hope it does not cause permanent scarring! We used a hat instead of chemicals. Would recommend a hat to anyone and not risk the chemicals! Hope she is ok