Children, like Seth and Taylor here, are just as susceptible to getting bitten by a bug as adults are. As parents or guardians of children, we want to make sure they’re able to avoid getting attacked by those flying pests in the safest way possible. Here are a few tips on protecting children when using insect repellent.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has long been an advocate for the welfare of our children. They advise some of the following procedures:
- Use an insect repellent containing Deet because of its effectiveness.
- Only use bug repellents that have a concentratation of DEET no higher than 30%.
- Do not use a DEET-based insect repellent on an infant younger than 2 months old.
- Do not overapply DEET-based deterrents.
- Monitor the use of repellents on children under 12 years old.
- Avoid applying insect repellent around the eyes, hands, or mouths of small children.
- Follow the directions of the insect repellent manufacturer.
- If a child produces a rash after applying a deterrent, wash the skin with soap and water.
- Always have children wash their hands before eating (Bring towlettes to a picnic or outdoor barbeque).
- Preferably apply calamine or follow an effective homemade bug bite remedy if any bites do occur.
Following a few simple guidelines when using insect repellent with children will help keep them bite-free, and safe from the potential hazards of any chemical-based product. Also, remember to check your child’s hair for ticks before going indoors. Keep their fingernails short in the event the insect repellent allows a few critters through.