(CBS) - Don't spray your kids with sunscreen, at least for now. That's the word from Consumer Reports. The magazine is warning parents against spray-ons, saying they could put children at risk for asthma or allergy attacks.
The July warning comes after the Food and Drug Administration announced it is studying whether these sunscreens can be harmful if children inhale them. The FDA has not reached a decision yet, but Consumer Reports says until it does, the products should generally not be used for children.
For the Sheehan kids, there's nothing like a day at the pool.
"Oh, i make sure they're protected." says their their babysitter, Amanda Vasta. "It says 'kids' on it so i usually just use the kids, and adult for me. I don't know the difference."
Patricia Calvo with Consumer Reports says you don't need to buy a separate sunscreen for babies and children, except if you're using the spray-on kind. They're a popular choice, but she says they may not be safe.
"Kids are likely to squirm around. And, that means that they risk breathing in the sunscreen. That can be a lung irritant. And, some sprays contain titanium dioxide, and if you breathe in those sunscreens it could be a potential cancer risk."
Allergists say spray-on sunscreens and all aerosol products actually should never be used on kids with respiratory problems. The sprays can trigger allergy and asthma attacks, especially if the products are sprayed into kid's faces.
Another risk? Sprays can be flammable if they haven't dried and you're near an open flame, like a grill.
Consumer Reports says a lotion is a better choice for children this summer.