Predictions of a fierce bug season are prompting physicians at The Children’s Center Pediatric Clinic to urge parents to take safety measures against mosquito-borne diseases.
There are a number of things you can do to help avoid mosquito bites and control the number of mosquitoes in and around your home.
Nurse practitioner, Jenny Whisenhunt, with The Children’s Center’s Pediatric Clinic, has three tips to help parents protect their children during bug season.
Tip #1 – Use products that contain Deet, the insect repellent.
Don’t spray the repellent directly on your child’s skin. They can breathe it in and cause further complications. Spray it in your hands and rub it on them.
Tip #2 – Don’t leave standing water in your yard.
With all the recent rain, mosquitoes are attracted to standing water. If there is a wading pool or water feature in your back yard, make sure you clean it every day.
Tip #3 – Dress appropriately.
If you know that your child is going to be playing outside, use longer sleeves for clothing. Use hats with a brim to protect the head as well.
The Children’s Center Pediatric Clinic is open to the public Monday through Friday. You can schedule your next appointment by calling (405) 440-9866.