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If I have to take my baby outdoors, how can I protect him?

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Cover your baby with clothes. Dress her so bugs don't have any access to skin.

Skip the bright, flowery prints. Bugs are attracted to those.

Protect with a net. Use a fitted mesh net over carriers and strollers when you take your baby outdoors.

  • Loose-fitting long sleeves and pants
  • Socks
  • A hat

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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