Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Bzzzz--Here come the bugs

Insect bugs, not viruses and bacteria. My daughter has already gotten one bee sting.

Janyce Sanford, MD, chair of the Univ of Alabama Dept of Emergency Medicine, recommends insect repellant with DEET along with long sleeves and pants.

DEET is poison, but 10-30% concentration is approved for kids over 2 mos. Ten percent lasts two hours, 24% five hours. Follow directions, don't just hose the kids with it.

Ticks out in the wild can carry Rock Mountain Spotted Fever or Lyme Disease depending on the area of the country. Wear long pants, tight at the bottom, inspect for ticks periodically.

For those with allergies, bees and wasps can kill--an EpiPen is recommended. You will need a prescription.

For hiking or camping, you can assemble a First Aid Kit. Assorted bandages, Tylenol, Benadryl, aspirin, the EpiPen if appropriate, an inhaler for asthmatics, foldable splints, alcohol wipes, and so on.

Know where you are going and what lies there.

Don't be a woods dope.

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