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Author: Dr. Kathy Miller
The overabundance of spring rains have brought on an influx of mosquitos and other pesky insects. Be sure your family stays comfortable and safe this summer by following these helpful insect repellent tips:
Insect repellents containing DEET should not be used in children under 2 months of age. Oil of eucalyptus products should not be used in children under 3 years of age.
When using combination products with DEET and sunscreen, it may be necessary to reapply a sunscreen but the combination product should not be reapplied because repeated application may increase the potential toxic effects.
When applying insect repellents to children, avoid applying the repellent to their hands, around their eyes, or to any areas where there are cuts or irritated skin. Apply repellents only to exposed skin.
Be sure repellents are EPA approved and be sure to read and follow the product directions for application.
And last, but not least - it is wise for everyone to wash treated skin with soap and water at the end of the day to avoid unneeded contamination of items such as bed linens.
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