Bug Bites & Stings
Like it or not, bugs -- from mosquitoes to fire ants -- are as much a part of summer as barbeques and apple pie. Since you can't always avoid the little critters, which insect repellents work best? And what's an itchy kid to do with a mosquito bite the size of Texas?
"Products with DEET are definitely the most effective for bug control," said Dr Hubbard. "But stay away from products that combine repellent with sunscreen. You should reapply sunscreen at least every two hours, but using insect repellant that frequently is unnecessary and unsafe." Be sure to read labels and know which products are appropriate for every age.
But what if the bites are already bugging you? Bites and stings can be categorized into two types: itchy or stinging/painful.
While there are many traditional cures and home remedies that families use, here are some first aid treatments that Dr Hubbard recommends:
Itchy insect bites
Fleas, chiggers, bed bugs, mosquitoes, gnats, cone-nose bugs, thrips
Fire ants, wasps, hornets, bees, scorpions, horseflies
This information was provided by Children's Medical Center Dallas