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Insect repellents containing DEET have been tested and approved as safe for kids older than 2 months. But take care when you use them:
Generally, repellent with DEET should not be applied more than once a day.
DEET can put on exposed skin, as well as clothing, socks, and shoes. But don’t use it on your child’s face, under clothing, on cuts or irritated skin, or on the hands of young children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that repellents containing the ingredients picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus also can protect against mosquitoes:
No matter which repellent you choose, check the list of active ingredients. It should contain one of these effective chemicals. Then, follow the directions carefully.
Find out what the experts have to say.
There are thousands of different kinds of mosquitoes in many different sizes and colors. Learn all about mosquitoes and how they bite you in this article.
Malaria – a common infection in hot, tropical areas – is a leading cause of death worldwide. But if diagnosed early and treated, it can be cured.
Most bug bites and stings are just annoying. But some can cause infections and allergic reactions. It’s important to know what to watch for, and when to get medical attention.
Being stung by a bug is often just irritating and doesn’t require medical treatment. But kids who are highly allergic to stings may need emergency medical care.
The threat of West Nile virus has made getting a mosquito bite a cause for concern. What is West Nile virus, and what can you do to prevent it?
Generally, insect bites and stings are harmless. Find out how to keep pests from ruining your fun.
Lyme disease can affect the skin, joints, nervous system, and other organ systems. If Lyme disease is diagnosed quickly and treated with antibiotics, most people feel better quickly.
Does the thought of Lyme disease make you worry about enjoying the great outdoors? Here’s some information to help you lower your risk for Lyme disease.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites. Find out more about this disease and how to keep those ticks away.
Lyme disease can be treated if it’s caught early. Find out what causes it, how it’s treated, and how to prevent it.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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