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Opinions in Tampa vary on FDA sunscreen safety alert

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Holly Mendoza with daughter Skyla at Kate Jackson park. Holly Mendoza with daughter Skyla at Kate Jackson park.
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Opinions on whether spray sunscreen is a good option for children vary. The FDA announced in June that it was investigating the possible risks of spray sunscreen, according to Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports issued its own advice about sunscreens in an article. The organization says it is concerned about the possibility that people can accidentally breathe in sunscreen, especially kids who tend to wiggle around when they're being sprayed.

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 At Kate Jackson Park in Tampa, children frolic in the fountain as their parents watch. Holly Mendoza was very careful using spray tan on her 17-month old daughter Skyla. She sprayed the toddler's legs, and then sprayed the lotion on her hands.

"I don't spray it on her face. I spray it on my hand and then wipe it on her face." Said Mendoza. "If I was spraying on her face maybe I would have a concern. But I don't have any concerns about it. "

Soraya Kubousek, another mother at the fountain, says she understands the concern. "I know I've inhaled it before and it kind of made me cough a little bit." Said Kubousek. "but at the same time, spray it in your hands, as long as their covered that's the most important thing."

Robin Moran is a physician assistant in the University of South Florida's dermatology department. She agrees, any protection is better than no protection, but spray sunscreen may not be your best option. "there are some concerns with inhalation." Said Moran. "particularly with asthma attacks, as well as allergic reactions, particularly with children who are susceptible to these."

Moran believes a lotion is a parent's best bet. "ideally, when you're using a lotion or a cream, the recommended amount would be a shot glass full." Said Moran. "about an ounce for the entire body. Which seems like a lot, but it is enough to cover the entire body. And then you want to reapply about every two hours if you're going to be outside for an extended period of time."

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