The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests how to prevent bug bites by applying insect repellent:
- Use only repellent that contains ingredients registered with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Spray repellent on clothes or skin, but not directly on the face.
- Don’t use repellent on babies. On children, only use repellent that contains no more than 10 percent DEET.
- You can use oil-of-eucalyptus products on children over age 3.
- Don’t use repellent that’s meant for people on your pets.
- Always follow the label’s instructions.
- Avoid applying repellant to children’s hands, around the eyes, or on a cut or irritated skin.
- Store repellent out of children’s reach.
- Wash repellent off with soap and water. Contact a Poison Control Center if anyone has a reaction to repellent.
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