Insect repellents with DEET can keep bugs away but should be used with caution. Look for the concentration of DEET on the label -- it should be between 10% and 30%. Lower concentrations work as well as higher concentrations, just not as long. A 10% concentration can repel insects for about 2 hours while a 30% concentration can work for about 5 hours. You should not apply bug spray more than once a day. You can also try products with lemon eucalyptus if you don’t want to expose your child to DEET.
Screen Kids From Sunburn
The sun is at its peak between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Especially during these hours, children risk getting burned if they spend long periods in the sun. Clothes, shade, and sunscreen are all good ways to protect your child's skin. Equip your child with a brimmed hat, sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays, and cotton clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Apply sunscreen with 15 SPF or higher, and be sure to reapply every 2 hours. Avoid lotions that combine sunscreen and bug repellant. Sunscreen needs to be applied more often than bug cream.