Ouch! Bitten again. And it's no love bite! Bug bites: 'tis the season! Time to stock up on insect repellents!
Granted, most bug bites are just an itchy nuisance - or become infected with bacteria. But some can be more threatening. Some mosquito bites can lead to diseases such as West Nile Virus. Tick bites can result in Lyme Disease.
Experts say we can best protect ourselves and our children by finding an insect repellent with DEET. A repellent with 4.75% DEET gives you an hour-and-a-half protection. Pediatricians say DEET is safe, even for infants as young as two-months-old.
Picaridin is also another synthetic ingredient that the CDC says is comparable in effectiveness to DEET and, they say, just as safe.
Some of the best products recommended include: OFF Skintastic Family Insect Repellents; Cutter Mosquito wipes; OFF Deep Woods Insect Repellent.
If you're still a little hesitant about bug sprays, especially with children, a plant-based repellent may be for you. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus Oil is a product that comes to mind.
But remember: if you're putting any bug repellent on kids cover only exposed skin. Keep the repellent away from their hands, mouths and eyes. Don't reapply bug spray more than once. Also, after
coming indoors, take a shower and get the bug spray off!