Insect safety

  • 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 out 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 2 months old and older. Apply the repellent to your child's clothing. Be sure to wash the clothing and your child's exposed skin as soon as she comes indoors.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or "she" and "him" or "her."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016


You can keep liquid Benadryl® on hand for bee stings, bug bites, poison ivy or a food allergy.

Do not use lotions with Benadryl®.