It’s warming up outside and your little ones will be spending more and more time in the sun.  So how do you protect your kids from the sun’s harmful rays?  Use sunscreen of course!

Think again!  Not all sunscreens are created equal and some can be downright dangerous.  Take a look at the damage one little girl experienced to her face after using sunscreen in this article from

“Rebecca Cannon thought sun protection was better than no sun protection for her 14-month-old daughter, but that “protection” resulted in a horrifying second-degree burn.

Canon said she used Banana Boat Kids SPF50 in the aerosol can, which describes itself on the packaging as “alcohol-free” and offers “broad spectrum protection.”

Cannon thought her daughter would be safer with sunscreen, but that was hardly the case.

Cannon shared, “As the day went on, she got a little redder and redder and the next morning she woke up and was swollen, she was bright red, there were blisters starting to pop up.”

Cannon rushed her baby girl to the Emergency Room where Kyla was treated for horrifying second-degree burns — on her face!

Doctors explained that there have been other cases of burns caused by [sunscreen] and that it was also possible the sunscreen caused such a severe allergic reaction that that was the cause of the second degree burns.

On their website, Banana Boat describes this particular product as “perfect sunscreen that’s gentle on kids’ skin, yet powerful enough to provide protection.”

Cannon said that since sharing her story on the internet, she has discovered of countless similar cases. “I honestly don’t understand how it’s still on the shelves. I would have never — in a million years — imagined her to get a burn so severe from sunscreen,” she said.

A helpful article from lists 2016’s best and worst sunscreens, as reported by the Environmental Working Group.

Doctors are urging parents to do a “spot test” on their children before the unbearable heat ensues. This shouldn’t be a last-minute experiment as you’re running out the door to the beach. Do it after school or in the evening, by simply dabbing the sunscreen onto a small area of your child’s skin and watching to see if they have an allergic reaction.

Although little Kyla’s face will probably never look the same, thank God she survived. Please protect your children and share her horrifying story with every parent you know to help raise awareness about the dangers of sunscreen!