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Summer is in the air and so are biting and stinging insects. When using insect repellents, you should…

  • Always read the entire label carefully before using and follow all directions. This includes restrictions for use on children and the maximum number of applications allowed a day.
  • Apply only a small amount of repellent and only on exposed skin or on top of clothing. Do not use under clothing. You do not need a lot for it to be effective. Repeat applications only as needed and directed on the product label.
  • Try not to get repellent in child's eyes. If you do, rinse them immediately with water.
  • Do not use the repellent on open wounds, or if the skin is irritated or sunburned.
  • Spray on your hands first and then apply to child's face, do not spray directly onto child's face.
  • Wash treated skin with soap and water when child returns indoors or when protection is no longer needed.
  • Keep all insect repellent containers out of reach of children and pets.
  • Always supervise the application of insect repellents on children. Do not allow children under 10 years of age to put on their own insect repellent. Apply the product lightly and don’t use more than you need.
  • Avoid applying repellent to children's hands to reduce the chance of getting the repellent in their eyes and mouths.
  • Stop using the product immediately if you suspect that you or your child is reacting to an insect repellent. Wash treated skin, and get medical help. When you go to the doctor, take the product container with you.
  • Always spray in an open, ventilated area. Do not apply in a tent or motorhome.
  • Reapply after swimming.