Health Tip: Protect Against Bug Bites07/25/11
(HealthDay News) -- 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
- 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
- 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
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