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Sunscreen & Children - What to Buy

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According to the Consumer Report website, spray on sunscreens may not be the best option for your kids. The concern, last reported on in 2011, is that the spray may be ingested or breathed in by kids during application. Take caution when using this product, or spray it into your hands and apply it that way.

This raises the question, what is the best and most eco-friendly sunscreen out there for kids? Choosing a type and brand can be very confusing because of different buzz words making it onto the labels - like "Sport" and "Natural." 

The truth is that sunscreens do contain a lot of unwanted chemicals. The Queen of Green, over at the David Suzuki Foundation, suggests you choose one that does not contain parabens. Parabens, it is thought, interfere with the body's normal hormonal functionning.

For a list of safer sunscreens, which will help you to know what to buy for your little one, visit the Environmental Working Group's website and check out their list.

Sunscreen is not recommended for children under 6 months of age; this precious skin should be shielded from the sun using clothing, hats, wraps and other measures.

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