Prevent Bug Bites

The warmer weather is here and that means bugs. Mosquitoes, biting flies, and ticks can make children miserable, warns Dr. Kenneth Branstetter, pediatrician at ThedaCare Physicians-Pediatrics in Neenah. Some carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus or Lyme Disease.

“Prevent bugs from biting you and your kids by using insect repellents,” Dr. Branstetter said. “But it’s important to use them carefully and correctly.” The most common repellents contain DEET. The amount of DEET in products varies, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends products for children should contain no more than 30 percent DEET.

The AAP recommends parents read repellent labels and always be sure to follow all directions and precautions. Apply the repellent to clothing or exposed skin only. Only use spray repellents outside to avoid inhaling them. Use just enough to cover exposed skin. Using more does not make repellents more effective. Once you return indoors, be sure your child washes with soap and water to remove the repellent and wash the sprayed clothing before wearing again.