Dr Sue Hubbard, a pediatrician on the medical staff at Children's Medical Center Dallas, says insect repellent with DEET up to 30 percent concentration is the best bet, even for kids. However, she reminds parents of young babies who are not yet mobile that mosquito netting is preferable to any insect repellent.
"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:
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
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