An investigation is underway by Health Canada following a number of reported second degree burns that allegedly were cause by Banana Boat sunscreen for children.

"As of May 31, 2017, Health Canada has received 16 adverse reaction reports involving Banana Boat as the suspected product. Seven of the reports were for Banana Boat products for kids and seven were for Banana Boat Baby products. That totals 14 (and) the other two reports were for adult products," stated Maryse Durette, Senior Media Relations Advisor for Health Canada.

Often it isn't possible to determine if an adverse reaction reported to Health Canada is a result of using a specific product. Factors, including a person's health or other health products they are using at the same time, can contribute to the reaction.

"Four of the reports for Banana Boat products for kids involved burn-related reactions in patients ranging from 14 months to 9 years, and three of the reports for Banana Boat Baby involved burn-related reactions in patients ranging from 5 months to adult," she noted.

"In addition, Health Canada is aware of the case of a 14-month old who suffered a reaction suspected to be caused by the product Banana Boat Kids Free Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+. Health Canada contacted the company, Edgewell Personal Care Canada, and is actively following up on this case," concluded Durette.

The Canada Vigilance Program is Health Canada's post-market surveillance program that collects and assesses reports of suspected adverse reactions to health products marketed in Canada. Information on what and how to report is available through this link.

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