I’m driving my kids crazy singing what classic summer tune by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince while we bike, walk, swim, and play outside? Sing it with me…summer, summer, summertime. During this scorching hot season, I’m happy to share some helpful reminders of overall summer safety tips including preventing and treating bug bites.
This video featuring Dr. Swanson of Seattle Mama Doc, offers lots of helpful advice for parents. To break it down, here are some key points to keep in mind:
- Look for EPA registered insect repellent and keep it away from a child’s eyes, mouth, and nose.
- For an excellent resource, check out the KnowYourOTCs page on skin protectants.
- Use an emory board to soften your child’s nails so that when they scratch in their sleep, they are less likely to break the skin because their nails are smooth.
- Cover up bites that drive kids crazy with band-aids or clothing as a cue for them not to scratch (the cycle of scratching and itchy can go on and on — avoiding the scratch helps them calm down).
- I agree with Dr. Swanson’s advice that sometimes a more allergic reaction to a bug bite results and may persist if your child is really sensitive (my daughter is this way). Anti-allergy medication (diphenhydramine) can be used for itchiness from bites. It’s also safe to use OTC hydrocortisone cream/ointment on bites that aren’t scratched open. Just be sure to carefully read the instructions and proper dosage.
When it comes to bug spray, keep in mind:
- Don’t use with young infants.
- Only apply to healthy skin and on outside of clothes.
- Apply bug spray 15-20 minutes before going outdoors.
- Prevention is key.
Whether you use insect repellent or wear long sleeves when possible, it can help to think about where you play and what time of day. The mosquitos are really bad in my area at certain times so I try to avoid those hours during the early evening. Here’s a link from Healthy Children which offers helpful guidance on how long different types of bug sprays last and how to teach your children bug bite prevention tips. It’s especially useful for anyone with older kids that may be going to sleep away camp: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Insect-Repellents.aspx
Time goes by so fast, I hope you’re having a happy and healthy summer with your family.
I’m proud to join the conversation and empower parents as a blogging ambassador with the CHPA (Consumer Healthcare Products Association) Educational Foundation and KnowYourOTCs.org. This is a sponsored post. While I have received compensation from the CHPA Educational Foundation, all opinions are my own.