Good Bug Protection or BAD Idea?

With this hot, humid summer in full swing and concerns about the Zika virus on the rise, you might be tempted to slater your children (and yourself) with some-sort of bug repellent.  But, with so many options out there - from wipes and sprays to natural remedies and DEET-infused concoctions - how is a parent supposed to make the right choice ?

Protecting yourself and your children from bites is important, but it is possible that while the  repellent annoys the mosquito, it can also hurt you.

And with harmful ingredients such as DEET and Icaridin lurking in so many formulas, for parents of autistic children or others suffering from severe allergies, it can be even more confusing and that much more important to choose the right repellent.

A recent issue of Contemporary Pediatrics  published a list (see attached image) of insect repellents recommended by various pediatric experts.  In an effort to take some of the guesswork out of selecting a safe and effective option, I have highlighted a few of products that I recommend for use by my patients.  Containing primarily all-natural ingredients, my top picks include: Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellent, California Baby Natural Bug Blend, EcoSmart Organic Insect Repellent and All-Terrain Kids Herbal Armor (which is not recommended for so-sensitive children.)