Proper use of bug spray on children


This time of year, mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks can make us miserable. What’s even worse than the itching is some carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus or Lyme disease.

The most common repellents contain DEET – but what amount is safe for your child?

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips on bug safety:

Don’t use bug spray on infants if they’re under two months old; just keep them covered up.

Older infants and children should use products that contain 10 to 30 percent DEET. Choose the lowest concentration that will provide the required length of coverage.

Apply bug spray to your 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.