The warmer weather is upon us, and with it comes quite possibly one of its only drawbacks: BUGS. While some bugs are fun for kids to catch and are pretty to look at, like fireflies and ladybugs, others are just down-right nuisances, especially mosquitoes and ticks. So what’s the best way to keep these critters away without harming your family’s health? It’s not with that can of DEET-laden bug spray.
According to Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist Mohammed Abou Donia, DEET should never be used on an infant because “their skin is too thin to provide an adequate barrier against absorption, and their systems cannot metabolize drugs and chemicals as well as an older child or an adult.” Abou Donia further warns that DEET-containing products should never be used with medications – even something as common as an antihistamine – because of the risk of toxic and long-term side effects, like destruction of brain cells, muscle coordination, memory loss, and joint pain. YIKES!
So skip the chemicals this season and try making one of these very simple, natural, and safe bug repellents. All you need is a kitchen, a few ingredients from the store, and a couple of minutes to make these oh-so easy bugs-be-gone potions. I even included a few plants to add to your yard that help keep the bugs at bay – and your family
Don’t have the time (every moment is precious!) to make your own chemical-free bug repellent, but still want to keep DEET away from the little ones? Not to worry, check out these safer alternatives that you can pick up ready-for-use at the store or online.
Link to Duke University Medical Center source
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