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QOD: How do I keep my child safe from insect bites?

In addition to insect repellents, there are other things you can do as a parent to keep your child safe.

  • Dress your child in lightweight long sleeved shirts, long pants, socks, and closed toe shoes when your child will be in an area that has a high population of insects.
  • Avoid pools of standing water, garbage cans, and flowerbeds where insects tend to populate.
  • Avoid hairspray and perfumed products, which can attract bugs. Instead, use unscented soaps and lotions when your child will be outdoors.
  • Check your child from head to toe at the end of the day after playing outdoors in an area where there is a high population of ticks.
  • Use netting over strollers if your infant is in an area with a lot of mosquitos.

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