Health Tip: Applying Insect Repellent

(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.

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