Infant Burns Caused by Banana Boat Sunscreen is not a pretty sight. I feel sorry for the infants involved. I have used Banana Boat sunscreen as well but I have a pretty tough hide. Not the soft skin of an infant.
Health Canada investigating Banana Boat sunscreen after 3 complaints of babies burned by product
“To date, Health Canada has received nine adverse reaction reports involving Banana Boat products as suspected products. Four of the reports were for Banana Boat products for kids and three were for Banana Boat Baby. The other two reports were for adult products,” Briand said in a statement.
The most recent report involves a Montreal mother alleging her son developed blisters on his face after she applied a Banana Boat product.
Health Canada is taking the complaints seriously and has not ruled out the idea of further action if it determines there’s a significant public
“If we do determine that the product actually needs to be taken off the shelves, we’ll take the appropriate measures to do a recall,” she said. “We’re not at that point yet. We’re just looking into it.”
Morneau wrote that her son developed blisters on his face shortly after using the product, prompting a visit to his pediatrician.
The doctor diagnosed second-degree chemical burns and attributed them to the sunscreen, Morneau alleged in her post, which was accompanied by a photograph showing a child whose nose, cheeks and upper lip appear burned.
Health Canada acknowledged receiving Morneau’s complaint, which it has not yet had a chance to add to its database of adverse reactions.
Once it has been added, the database will reflect 10 complaints against Banana Boat products filed since 1965. Briand said one previous incident reported in 1996 involved alleged burns.
“Often it is not possible to determine if an adverse reaction reported to Health Canada is a result of using a specific health product,” Health Canada said in a statement. “Other factors, such as a person’s health conditions or other health products they are using at the same time, could contribute to the reaction.”
Adverse reaction reports are suspected associations that reflect the opinion or observation of the individual person making the report, Health Canada noted. The data does not reflect any Health Canada assessment of association between the health product and the reactions, it said.
Briand confirmed that one of the database complaints over Banana Boat products was filed by Newfoundland mother Rebecca Cannon.
Cannon had previously told the CBC that her 14-month-old baby allegedly sustained a second-degree burn after she applied Banana Boat Kids Free Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+.
Like Morneau’s son, Cannon said her daughter developed blisters shortly after the spray was applied.
Briand said the third recent complaint was filed on May 15, but had few details other than that it involved burns allegedly suffered by a baby.
Infant Burns Caused by Banana Boat Sunscreen is a shame Banana Boat said it’s “aware that there has been some public discussion” regarding its products and it wants to reassure families that its products undergo rigorous testing to ensure safety and quality before they hit the market.
Infant Burns Caused by Banana Boat Sunscreen must have been horrible for the infants and parents that had to take them to emergency. Of course perhaps the infants may have had an allergic reaction but still WOW!!