Nivea responds to allergy alert over children’s sun cream

Nivea has responded to warnings about a popular children’s sun cream.

Social media is awash with posts urging parents of children with nut allergies not to use the Nivea Sun Kids protect and care skin protection, which has ‘almond oil’ listed as one of the ingredients.

Schools and childminders are among those sharing the warning amid the potential risk posed to nut allergy sufferers.

But Nivea has now responded and said ‘there is no known food allergic potential’.

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Today, Friday, Allergy UK – the leading national patient charity for people living with all types of allergy – also issued an alert on the products following a number of calls to its helpline from concerned parents.

Regular users of the cream say the addition of almond oil is something they’ve only recently spotted.

Some have reported only having the scientific Latin name for the oil on the label – prunus amygdalus dulcis oil – rather than almond oil itself, depending on where the product is bought.

The alert from Allergy UK states: “We understand that products in the Nivea sun protection range for kids now include almond oil. We have received calls to our helpline and comments on social media.

“We have asked Nivea for clarification but in the meantime we are issuing an alert to warn parents with children with a nut allergy of this issue. We will provide more information as soon as we have it.”

Warning about Nivea children’s sun cream containing almond oil

But Nivea has responded to the concerns and says ‘there is no known food allergic potential’.

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A spokesperson said: “As the world’s number one sun protection brand, we’re always looking at how we can further improve our formulas to provide the best products for our consumers.

“This year we have improved the Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Care range by adding almond oil. Almond oil is used in a wide range of formulas for babies and children, as it makes skin soft to touch and protects it from moisture loss.

“The highest standards regarding toxicological testing and the quality of our ingredients and products are essential for Beiersdorf. Please be assured that all ingredients used in our products have been thoroughly evaluated regarding safety and skin compatibility according to the current EU legislation for cosmetics. Furthermore, the almond oil used in our products, including Nivea Sun Kids Protect & Care, is refined in a way that there is no known food allergic potential.

“Those who have concerns with regards to food and/or skin related almond allergies should seek the advice of their GP before using any product that contains almond oil. If in doubt, our Nivea Sun Babies & Kids Sensitive Protect range may be a more suitable alternative, as it does not contain almond oil.”

April 20 to 25 is Allergy Awareness Week. For more details visit the Allergy UK website here.

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