Insect bites cause itchy, red bumps. Some bites are painful.
If the bite is itchy:
If the bite is painful:
Keep skin covered when outside. You can use insect repellent to prevent bites. There are 2 kinds of insect repellent. One kind is put on the skin. This includes DEET, picaridin, and oil of lemon eucalyptus. Another kind of insect repellent is put on clothes. This kind is called permethrin.
When using a product with DEET in it:
You can also spray an insect repellent with permethrin in it on your child's clothes. Put it on the clothes before your child gets dressed. You can also spray this product on shoes, sleeping bags, or other items.