There has been a great buzz (pardon the pun) about bug bites ever since the May Long Weekend. Many of us have been spending more time outside which has increased our chances of getting bit. As a mother myself I’m always searching for the safest and very best products to use with my daughter. With both the advice of our clinic’s Naturopath and trusted information from the Environmental Working Group I want to share with you some tips to avoid getting bit this summer.
1) Before you grab the bottle of bug repellent decrease the target for the bugs. If heading into bug country wear long-sleeved shirts with collars and tuck your pants into your socks. Bring along a bug net to cover up the stroller or carrier.
2) If you are in an area that doesn’t present many risks for pest-borne diseases and don’t mind a few bug bites you may not need the heavy duty chemicals. Natural bug repellents may suffice. There are a few products on the market but if you are having a hard time finding one you like you can follow the DIY recipe below:
3) If you find yourself needing to protect you and your family from Lyme disease, West Nile or other serious mosquito- and tick-transmitted diseases, you may want to consider using a chemical repellent. Tests have found that these four registered and approved repellent chemicals offer a high level of protection from a variety of biting insects and ticks and have good safety profiles: (Picaridin,IR3535, DEET, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and its synthetic derivative PMD)
For a more detailed overview and tips to avoid bug bites safely. I encourage you to follow the link to the Environmental Working Groups Tip Sheet.
Written by Dr. Sarah Chajka
Dr. Sarah Chajka believes that Chiropractic care is beneficial to all. Her upbringing in an active family and years of discipline through sport and dance have reinforced this as well as witnessing the transforming effect of chiropractic treatment on all ages. While working at the Health Centre of Milton she has further developed her interest in preventative health and healing and has taken extra courses in order to give specialized attention to pregnancy and paediatrics.
Dr. Sarah Chajka, HBKin, DC, Webster Certified
Health Centre of Milton
420 Main St E. Unit 102 &103