Proper bug spray use for children


This time of year mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks can make any of us miserable. Plus, some carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and the Zika virus.

The most common repellents contain DEET – but what amount is safe for your child? The American Academy of Pediatrics has these tips on bug safety.

Infants under 2 months should not use bug spray, but should remain covered up.

Older infants and children should use products that contain 10 to 30 percent DEET, but no more. 10 percent provides protection for about 2 hours, while 30 percent protects for 5. Choose the lowest concentration that will provide the required length of coverage.

Apply bug spray to clothing or exposed skin – and use just enough to cover exposed skin. Using more does not make repellents more effective. Children should wash off repellents when they return indoors.

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