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The One with My Kid's Monstrous Eye

One of the most trafficked post on my personal blog is the story of my daughter and her monstrous eye. One morning last year she came downstairs with a face so hideously deformed and swollen I seriously debated dialing 911.

Danica, of course, was all “Chill out! Let’s have breakfast before we delve into this problem. I’ve still got one good eye.” Meanwhile, I had already mentally scanned through every episode of “Mystery Diagnosis” I had watched in the last decade, decided she had been infected with an obscure illness that would take a team of infectious disease specialists to cure and then wondered briefly if our insurance would pay to have her air-lifted to the world’s top ophthalmologist.

You can read the whole crazy story here but I’ll go ahead and tell you that the cause of her grotesquely misshapen face was a mosquito bite which we learned she is extremely sensitive to.

Since that day I have become fanatical about the application of bug spray. Since any time she is bitten, it leaves an enormous red welt, it is important to deter them from biting her sweet little baby skin. Only, when I began to do a little research into bug sprays for children, I realized there were some risks involved. Many sprays contain chemicals that can be harmful to young children.

Luckily, I also came across this great tool provided by the Environmental Protection Agency that allows you to search for repellants based on the pest you are hoping to keep away and the active ingredient in the spray. The EPA also provides information on the active ingredients most commonly used in bug sprays, information that is located and summarized in one handy place here in this article on Boston.com.

Bug season is in full swing where we live. I’ve been fighting the mosquitoes and ticks for weeks now. So far no one has suffered any disfiguring injuries from a bite.

Anyone else wage a war each year on mosquitoes?

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