Health Tip: Protect Against Bug Bites

-- Insect bites can cause uncomfortable itching, and may transmit diseases such as West Nile virus.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions to help protect against bug bites:

  • Avoid using products with fragrances, including perfumes, hair sprays and scented soaps.
  • Keep away from areas that attract insects, such as puddles or blooming flowers.
  • Avoid clothing with flower prints and bright colors.
  • Use an insect repellent that contains DEET (on children at least 2 months old), but avoid products that combine sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Choose insect repellents that contain 10 percent to 30 percent DEET, or as an alternative, Picaridin.
  • Wash off insect repellent when your or your children come back inside.

Posted: July 2011


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