A mother was furious when her seven-month-old baby was covered in blisters after using a Banana Boat sunscreen.
Emma Lipson and her family headed to the beach in Adelaide and decided to apply Banana Boat Baby lotion to her seven-month-old daughter, Chloe, before going to the beach, then noticed her baby’s skin turn red.
“We got to the beach and she started to go a little bit red,” Ms Lipson told 7News. “So I put more on her hoping that she wasn’t getting sunburnt then we got home that night and she started getting blisters on her cheeks.”
Upon checking with doctors, they said a chemical reaction caused the blisters.
“I don’t know if it’s too harsh for little baby’s skin but there should be warnings labels and things like that on it as well,” Ms Lipson said.
However, speaking to Seven Network, Banana Boat explained that the baby girl’s sensitive skin was to blame and not their SPF 50+ product.
Just recently, a six-year-old girl, Ruby, and her 11-year-old brother, Wade, from Broadmere, 500 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, also suffered blisters after their mother, Vanessa Munroe had applied Banana Boat’s SPF 50+ sunscreen spray on their skin during a weekend getaway.
Ms Munroe said that Ruby had been kept ‘up all night’ by the blisters on her chin, under her eyes, and on her lips, which turned a ‘yellowy colour’. She added that the blisters were so big that ‘they’d pop themselves’, Yahoo7 reported.
She also said that Wade’s skin was burnt, despite reapplying frequently.
“‘I followed the instructions and put the sunscreen on him every two to three hours during the day and he got badly sunburnt,” Ms Munroe said. “I knew they were swimming so I’d get him out every few hours and make him sit down and put it on.”
A spokesperson for Edgewell Personal Care Australia explained that every Banana Boat product goes through thorough testing.
“All Banana Boat sunscreen products undergo rigorous testing and meet the high Australian standards as administered by the Therapeutic Goods Association. A chemical burn is a serious condition and the substances that cause such burns are not present in sunscreens,” the spokesperson said.