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The last thing you expect to see after lathering your child in sunscreen is second-degree burns the following day…
Such is the case for mum Rebecca Cannon, whose 14-month-old baby girl, Kyla, was left with red, swollen cheeks and blisters after Rebecca used an aerosol can of alcohol-free Banana Boat sunscreen to protect her daughter from the sun’s rays.
Kyla's shocking second-degree burns and blisters.
"I know for her age, she should be wearing baby sunscreen, but we didn't have any," the Canadian mum explains, according to CBC News.
"I figured just putting it mildly on her face, for some protection rather than having none at all, would be OK and yeah, it didn't go over well."
But as Ms Cannon recalls, during the day, which this mum-of-two says wasn’t particularly hot, Kyla’s skin got a little redder and redder, and the next morning, the young girl woke up with blisters on her face.
Kyla was then rushed to nearby doctors who determined that she had, in fact, suffered from second-degree burns.
The young girl's face is so swollen, she can barely open her right eye.
Giving her Facebook followers an update on Kyla, Ms Cannon states: “We [have] been to the dermatologist today and she is healing up great so far and it has been verified and confirmed three times now a second-degree caustic burn (chemical burn)…”
“The swelling has gone down so much… she [is] still smiling though through all of this.”
Somehow, sweet Kyla still manages to smile through the pain.
This isn’t the first time a parent has reported that their child has been burnt by this same sunscreen.
Just last year, it was alleged that a three-year-old boy had suffered first- and second-degree burns despite being covered in high-factor sunscreen.
Little Liam Sayers was with his mother Jennifer in Virginia, America when she sprayed him and his brother Caleb with SPF 50+ Banana Boat kids spray sunscreen before allowing them to play.
“Multiple times during the day we had the kids come out of the water, dried them off completely and then reapplied the sun spray as directed,” she tells CBS 6.
Both boys were also wearing rash shirts for half the day and when they left the beach, they were all sporting light sunburns.
However, “nothing could prepare us for how Liam looked only 24 hours later.”
“Liam has 1st, 2nd and possible 3rd degree burns on his nose and cheeks. Caleb has blistering on his shoulders but nowhere near as bad as Liam has on his face.”
Liam's blisters after using the Banana Boat sunscreen.
When prompted for a response to Ms Cannon’s claims, Banana Boat said: "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."
Considering her daughter now needs a steroid and antihistamine cream to treat her burn skin, Ms Cannon is disappointed with the company’s offer of a solution.
"I would have never – in a million years – imagined her to get a burn so severe from sunscreen,” she says.