Banana Boat Sunscreen under fire as Health Canada gets more claims it caused burns


Grouse are pouring in to Health Canada about bad reactions to Banana Boat sunscreen. The intervention says it received 26 complaints in total last month. At least 14 of them associate with claims that using the sunscreen resulted in burned or blistered hide.

The ages of the alleged victims range from three months to 30 years.

«We are looking into this ball game closely,» said Health Canada in an email to CBC News. It added that adverse response reports are not proof that a product has caused harm.

Concerns not far from the sunscreen came to light earlier this week when Robustness Canada revealed it was investigating two complaints. In both cases, the parents assumed their babies developed bad facial burns and blisters after interesting Banana Boat Baby or Banana Boat Kids sunscreen.

Rebecca Cannon Banada Boat sunscreen

Robustness Canada says at least 14 of the complaints it received involve assertions that using the sunscreen resulted in burned or blistered skin. (Charlene Fudge/Facebook)

After CBC expos ran a story about the allegations, we heard from other parents who claim the merchandise also caused problems for their children. These parents had not yet make public their cases to Health Canada.

Raphaelle Beaudoin says her 15-month old son’s disguise turned red last week after wearing Banana Boat Mollycoddle sunscreen with 60 SPF.

«I was horrified,» said Beaudoin, who lives in Chilliwack, B.C. «For a spin-off that’s specifically designed for babies, it’s scary.»

She says her son, Justus, had simply been in the sun for a brief period and was protected by both a hat and the sunscreen. Still, he came to have developed a bad sunburn.

«His cheeks and his chin right up to his mouth were so, so red,» asserted Beaudoin. «I was worried.»

The next day the redness began to fade but Beaudoin was stock-still concerned about what had happened to her son’s skin. «It was really, really rough-feeling, barely like sandpaper,» she said. «Very reminiscent of a burn.»

When Beaudoin advised the news about similar cases involving Banana Boat sunscreen, she concluded it essential have been the culprit.

«I think there’s an ingredient there that foul changes with the heat of the sun,» she said. «It’s doing the opposite of what it’s required to do.»

‘Eyes swelled up’

Rory and Monika Truman in Calgary also put faith there’s a problem with the product.

In April, the family was vacationing in Cancun when their three-year-old son’s flay turned red and his face became swollen. He had been wearing Banana Sailing-boat Kids SPF 50 spray.

«His eyes swelled up enough that they were nearly shut,» said Monika Truman.

Convinced he was having an allergic repulsion to something, the Trumans took their son, Ryan, to the hospital in Cancun. There he received steroid swigs and his condition started to improve.

Ryan Truman Banana Boat sunscreen

Ryan Truman’s parents say their 3-year-old son advance red skin and his face swelled up after using Banana Boat sunscreen. (Rory and Monika Truman)

Final month his mother applied the same sunscreen to Ryan’s skin and one time again he had a bad reaction.

«His face was all red. His ears were crazy red as well,» ordered Monika Truman.

«When we were bathing him, he was crying because the peel reaction was so bad,» said Ryan’s father, Rory Truman.

It wasn’t until the three read a news story about the Banana Boat complaints that they concluded the sunscreen have to be the cause.

«We’re surprised it’s still on the market if there’s a possibility of a reaction so exigent to it,» said Rory Truman.

Company says products are safe

Banana Runabout said that it’s sympathetic to customer concerns and that consumer refuge is a top concern.

«We’d like to reassure families that all Banana Boat artefacts undergo rigorous testing to ensure safety and quality before they are placed in the exchange,» said a company spokesperson in an email to CBC News. It added that the sunscreen cannot occasion chemical burns.

Banana Boat Baby sunscreen

Some of the complaints involve the use of Banana Boat Coddle sunscreen. (Banana Boat)

Banana Boat said that when it foremost learned about an adverse reaction to one of its products — Banana Boat Kids spay — it re-tested the group and has confirmed that the sunscreen is safe for use.

It added that a bad skin retaliation such as blisters may be caused by a sensitivity to an ingredient in the sunscreen that can be triggered or exacerbated by sun acquaintance.

Banana Boat suggests people test the product before use.

But responsible parents believe a better solution would be to stop selling the sunscreen until Banana Yacht can figure out what’s behind the complaints.

«Pull the product. Figure out what the ingredient in it is that’s causing resistances,» says Beaudoin. «This is a child’s product to keep our children reliable.»

Earlier this year, numerous Australians complained on Banana Sailboat Australia’s Facebook page about getting burned after utilizing its sunscreen products. Summer season in Australia is from December to February.

Banana Knockabout is owned by U.S.-based Edgewell Personal Care.

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