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How do you use bug spray for babies safely?

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Bug repellent spray can be safely applied to a baby over two months old by rubbing it on an adult's hands first, and then rubbing it on exposed areas of the baby's skin, avoiding the mouth, eyes, cuts and skin irritations. If the spray contains N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, more commonly known as DEET, it should only be applied once a day and should be washed off as soon as possible.

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Though bug repellent sprays containing DEET are most effective, there are several products that can repel insects that don't contain this chemical. Products containing the chemical picaridin can ward off insects, and lemon eucalyptus oil is a natural ingredient that can also repel insects, although this solution is not recommended for children under the age of three.

In addition to bug sprays, there are several other options for keeping bugs away from babies. Covering exposed areas of the skin with loose clothing is one option. Bugs are more prevalent during the evening hours. Keeping babies and small children indoors during this time can help them avoid bites. Bugs are also attracted to scents and bright colors. Avoiding the application of perfumed soap, lotions and powders can prevent bugs from sniffing out a baby as prey.

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