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Once my baby is over 2 months old, can I use bug repellents?

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Once your baby is a little older, you can add repellent sprays and lotions to your bug-fighting kit.

According to the CDC, insect repellent is the best way to protect your baby from mosquito bites -- as long as you use it correctly.

Repellents also protect from other biting bugs like ticks, fleas, chiggers, and biting flies. But they don't work for stinging bugs, like wasps, bees, and hornets.

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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