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Insect Repellents


The warmer weather is here and that means bugs. Mosquitoes, biting flies, and ticks can make children miserable. Some carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus or Lyme Disease. A great way to prevent bugs from biting is to use insect repellents. 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 AAP recommends that products for children should contain no more than 30 percent DEET. 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.


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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