Tips for a Bug-Free Summer


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It’s summer and the bugs are out! Here are some suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help make your summer bug-free.



  • Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child.
  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and profusely blooming flowers.
  • Avoid dressing your child in bright colors or flowery prints that may attract insects.
  • Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but insect repellent should not be reapplied.
  • Insect repellants containing DEET are needed to prevent insect-related diseases, such as lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and West Nile Virus.
  • The current AAP and CDC recommendation for children older than 2 months of age is to use 10 percent to 30 percent DEET. DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months old.
  • The concentration of DEET varies significantly from product to product, so read the label of any product you purchase. Children should wash off repellents when they return indoors.
  • As an alternative to DEET, picaridin has become available in the U.S. in concentrations of 5 to 10 percent.

 

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