Health Tip: Applying Insect Repellent

Read the instructions carefully

(HealthDay News) -- Insect repellent can help protect kids against the bites of disease-carrying pests, but parents should make sure it's applied properly.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions:

  • Always read the product label and follow all instructions.
  • Don't apply products containing permethrin directly to the skin.
  • If using a spray repellent, do so in the open air to limit breathing in chemicals. Spray only enough repellent to cover the needed areas.
  • Thoroughly wash the child's skin with soap and water to remove repellent when you and your child are back inside. Wash affected clothing before it's worn again.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on August 20, 2012

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