Keep your family safe this summer by following these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP).
- Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child.
- Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.
- Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.
- To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently scrape it off horizontally with a credit card or your fingernail.
- Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided because the sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but the insect repellent should not be reapplied.
- Insect repellents containing DEET are most effective against ticks, which can transmit Lyme disease, and mosquitoes, which can transmit West Nile Virus and other viruses.
- The current CDC and AAP recommendation for children over 2 months of age is to use 30% DEET. DEET should not be used on children under 2 months of age.
- The concentration of DEET in products may range less than 10% to over 30%. Ten percent DEET only protects for about 30 minutes-inadequate for most outings.
THE CONCENTRATION OF DEET VARIES SIGNIFICANTLY FROM PRODUCT TO PRODUCT, SO READ THE LABEL OF ANY PRODUCT YOU PURCHASE. CHILDREN SHOULD WAS OFF REPELLENTS WHEN BACK INDOORS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DEET: http://www.aapnews.org/cgi/content/full/e200399v1
from PCO Pro magazine