Boys Town Releases Tips on Protecting Kids from Insect Bites

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Boys Town Pediatricians offer advice for protecting children from insect bites this spring and summer.

“If you see signs of infection such as swelling or pus, or if your child develops a fever or flu-like symptoms, contact your child’s pediatrician.”

Boys Town releases some strategies to protect children from insect bites this spring and summer. The national child and healthcare organization, started over 90 years ago, is a leader in parenting advice. Boys Town Pediatricians offer this advice for protecting your children from biting insects.

1.    Do not use scented soaps, perfumes or hairsprays on child before going outdoors.
2.    Make sure your child has long pants and long sleeves when heading into wooded areas where exposure is more prevalent.
3.    Use DEET products with a concentration of 5-10% on children older than 2 months. Do not use DEET products on kids younger than 2 months.
4.    When applying repellent use your own hands and then rub on the child’s exposed skin. Avoid child’s hands, eyes and open wounds.
5.    Bathe children after returning indoors and wash all clothing.

It’s also a good idea to reduce the number of mosquitoes in an area by disposing of containers with standing water which provide breeding places for mosquitoes.

“To help relieve an itchy insect bite, apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream as needed,” said Dr. Katherine Penny, pediatrician at Boys Town Pediatrics. “If you see signs of infection such as swelling or pus, or if your child develops a fever or flu-like symptoms, contact your child’s pediatrician.”

Boys Town counsels families and schools across the country on best parenting, health and discipline practices. You can find more information on this topic at: http://boystownpediatrics.org/healtharticles/adviceformomanddad/Pages/SummerTipsOnBugRepellents.aspx

The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2011, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.
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