You can keep liquid Benadryl on hand for bee stings, bug bites, poison ivy or a food allergy. Do not use lotions with Benadryl.
Do not put scented soaps, lotions, perfumes or hair spray on your child.
Keep your child away from areas that attract insects, such as ponding water (birdbaths or old tires), uncovered foods or a flower garden.
Dress your child in dark clothing. Avoid brightly colored clothing or floral prints.
Remove a stinger from your child's skin by scraping it off with a credit card or your fingernail. You can also take the stinger with tweezers or your fingernail.
Be sure to do a tick check every night at bedtime and remove the tick right away.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the use of insect repellent with a DEET concentration up to 30 percent for children who are older than 2 months old. Apply the repellent to your child's clothing once a day. Be sure to wash the clothing and your child's exposed skin as soon as he comes indoors.