Summer Bug Safety

by Elizabeth Shaw -

BeeStay indoors at peak biting times (early morning and dusk).

Avoid using perfumes, scented soaps, or lotions on your child.

Avoid places where insects gather (standing water, flower gardens and uncovered foods).

When necessary, children older than 2 months may use insect repellants that contain DEET. Use products for children that contain no more than 10% DEET because this chemical, which is absorbed through the skin, can cause harm. Bathe at the end of each day that you use insect repellants.

Bug nets can be helpful to protect infants and small children who are in strollers.

To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently scrape it off horizontally with your fingernail or a credit card.

Don’t forget ticks that carry illnesses such as Lyme disease.

If you live in an area known to have ticks, or if you are hiking in the woods or among tall grasses, you should perform a thorough tick check every day by carefully examining the skin before returning indoors.

Wearing long pants tucked into the socks, and using bug repellants can also help to prevent tick bites and tick-borne illnesses.

Ticks can be removed with a pair of tweezers by gently pulling the tick straight away from the skin.


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