(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.