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Can you use bug repellents on a baby under 2 months?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is clear: Bug repellents -- even the DEET-free ones -- are not safe for newborns.

The best way to protect your baby from insect bites is by avoiding bugs.

Stay in. Bugs, especially mosquitoes, are most active at dawn and dusk. Keep your baby indoors during those hours to lower his bite risk.

Defend your house. Make sure your windows and doors have screens to keep bugs from flying or crawling inside.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Choosing an Insect Repellent for Your Child," "2015 Summer Safety Tips."

CDC: "Insect Repellents Help Prevent Malaria and Other Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes," "West Nile Virus Fact Sheet," "Avoid Insect Bites," "Guidelines for DEET Insect Repellent Use," "Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Other Arthropods."

Environmental Protection Agency: "DEET."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 10, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Choosing an Insect Repellent for Your Child," "2015 Summer Safety Tips."

CDC: "Insect Repellents Help Prevent Malaria and Other Diseases Spread by Mosquitoes," "West Nile Virus Fact Sheet," "Avoid Insect Bites," "Guidelines for DEET Insect Repellent Use," "Protection against Mosquitoes, Ticks, & Other Arthropods."

Environmental Protection Agency: "DEET."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 10, 2018

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