Spring and bug season.
Repellents are OK but keep it to 10-20% deet or less. This is found in "Repel,
Skeedaddle, and Off Skintastic for kids". You can start using it in
infants as young as 6 months old. Also Permethrin in the 0.5% aerosol form
used on clothing (not skin) helps against ticks. Soybean Oil called Bite Blocker also is
supposed to be effective and safe for the skin. Others with citronella do not work good
are Skin-so-soft, Nutrapel, and Buzz Away. The combinations of sunscreen and repellents
are not recommended because the deet degrades the sunscreen and the sunscreen is applied
repeatedly and not the deet.
Bug Repellents in Children
Careful of the small infants. They burn in the shade from indirect light. (Not wind
burn.) You can start using sunscreen at 4 months.
Keeping them covered with light weight long sleeve and pants is better than chemicals.