Bug Safety: Tick Bites and Lyme’s Disease

Bug Safety: Tick Bites and Lyme’s Disease

Here are a few tips to protect yourselves and your children from bug bites during the summer months.

  • Do not use scented soaps, perfumes or hair spray on your child.
  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.
  • Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.
  • To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently back it out by scraping it with a credit card or your fingernail.
  • Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours but the insect repellent should not be reapplied.
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET when needed to prevent insect-related diseases.  Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease and mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus and other viruses.
  • The current AAP and CDC recommendation for children older than 2 months of age is to use 10% to 30% DEET.  DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months of age.
  • The effectiveness is similar for 10% to 30% DEET but the duration of effect varies.

Adapted from HealthyChildren.org