Safe bug sprays for kids

MOMSEVERYDAY -- This time of year mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks can make us miserable. What ’s even worse than the itching is that some carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile Virus or Lyme disease.

The most common repellents contain DEET, but what amount is safe for your child? The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these tips on bug safety.

First, don’t use bug spray on infants if they ’re under 2 months old; just keep them covered up.

Now, older infants and children should use products that contain 10% to 30% DEET. Choose the lowest concentration that will provide the required length of coverage. Apply bug spray to your clothing or exposed skin and use just enough to cover exposed skin. Using more does not make repellents more effective.

Children should wash off repellents when they return indoors.