Protecting Kids From Summer Bug Bites

(Lima, July 20, 2015) – Summer is a season to enjoy the outdoors, often in our backyards, public parks or on walking trails. However, being outside (especially in the early mornings, late afternoons and evenings) calls for precautions to protect yourself and your children from harmful summer bugs like ticks and mosquitoes. Mosquitoes can transmit viral diseases and ticks can transmit serious infections, which is why it is important to remember Dr. Vicente Romero’s four tips for preventing summer bug bites: cover up, spray, stay, and clean up.
1. Cover up – If it is a must to stay outside in the early morning, late afternoon or evening, children should wear long sleeves and long pants.
2. Spray – Using these products will help, but avoid open wounds, eyes or infected areas:
• Repellent MERCK 3535, will keep mosquitoes at a distance for about two hours
• PERMETHRIN can be sprayed on clothes, boots, tents, gear, etc. and will repel ticks for several hours
• Repellent DEET will also help in the fight against mosquitoes and ticks, but should not be sprayed on children under two months of age
3. Stay – Stick to designated trail paths when walking. Stay away from wooded areas, wet areas, stagnant water, high grass and leafy areas. Mosquitoes and ticks are found in these places!
4. Clean up – Once you and your children are back inside, take a shower and check for ticks or other bugs. Remember to check your four legged friends for ticks as well. Place all of your clothes in the washer and dryer.
While most bug bites are harmless and only need time to heal, some may be dangerous if they are not treated properly. If you or your child develops a rash, swelling, fever, extreme pain, body aches, bruising, fatigue, or stiff neck following a bug bite, please consult a doctor.
Editor’s note: Dr. Vicente Romero, pediatrician, will be available for comment if interested.
For more information, please contact:
Katee Johnson
Communications Coordinator
St. Rita’s Health Partners
O: 419-226-9802
C: 567-242-4078
KNJohnson@Mercy.com