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.
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.