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The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these preventive suggestions:
- Apply just enough insect repellent to cover your child's skin.
- Use an insect repellent with a DEET concentration of no higher than 30 percent.
- Don't use a combination sunscreen/DEET product because you will need to reapply the product frequently, which could be harmful.
- Don't use insect repellents with DEET on babies under 2 months of age.
- When applying DEET repellants on older infants, don't use the product on cuts or around eyes or mouth. Apply lightly around the ears.
- Accounting for the summer heat, dress your child in long pants and sleeves. Cover baby's infant carrier with a mosquito net.
- Keep children away from areas where mosquitoes gather, such as near standing water.
- Fix any holes in window screens.
- Don't let children play outdoors when mosquitoes are most active -- at dawn, dusk and early evening.
-- Diana Kohnle
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