Fight the Bite – Mosquito Bites

Rebecca Wilson, FNP-BC

Rebecca Wilson, FNP-BC

Summer is here and that means a lot of outdoor fun for everyone. Fight the bite this summer by following these simple steps for to help prevent mosquito bites on your little ones:

  • Avoid using scented soaps, perfumes or hairsprays
  • Avoid areas were insects are (standing water, gardens with blooming flowers)
  • Avoid combination sunscreen/insect repellant because the frequency of application varies. Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every 2 hours, where bug spray should not be reapplied
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend using insect repellant for children older than 2 months of age that contains 10 to 30 percent DEET
  • DEET should not be used on children less than 2 months of agemosquito bite
  • Never apply insect repellant directly to your child’s face
  • Avoid breathing it and contact with the eyes
  • Read and always use insect repellants as instructed on the manufacturer’s label
  • Always wash insect repellant off as soon as possible, once the child is indoors
  • When outdoors in the evenings, make sure your child wears long sleeves, pants, and socks to prevent mosquito bites
  • Calamine lotion is good to have in the house to provide comfort and relief of itching from insect bites (safe to use on infants and children)
  • If concerned about any bites that your child may have, contact your healthcare provider for guidance

Find more summer safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics here .

Have fun this summer and stay safe!