Be Prepared for Pests & Critters this Summer


Last week, we ventured out to the great outdoors (well, our backyard in suburbia). What started as a fun family evening turned in to a nightmare with our 16-month-old bitten by an unidentified spider, which resulted in to a bad cellulitis infection in her leg. She is much better now, but it serves as a good reminder that even in suburban NW Houston, there’s still potential for encountering dangerous bugs, insects and critters. has some simple tips for preventing and treating your littles when it comes to bites and stings:

  1. Check out this YouTube video for identification & treatment tips and download the free Texas Children’s ParentAdvice Center App which will walk you through prevention, care and who to call for the inevitable bites and stings that children will incur through the years. This app has been a lifesaver to us and helped us know which creams to put on Sophie’s bite and what doctor she needed to be seen by etc.
  2. Make sure children wear shoes and socks
  3. Encourage them to wear thin long-sleeves and pants outdoors if possible.
  4. Teach them to steer clear of noticeable anthills and hives.
  5. Use bug sprays to prevent bites as much as possible. As we found with our daughter, the bite itself wasn’t the issue, but the infection that occurred as a result of the bite was extremely painful and scary. The CDC recommends an insect repellant for children over 2 months with DEET, Picaridin, Bayrepel, Icaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, PMD, IR3535 and/or 2-undecanone. They also recommend covering young babies’ strollers and car seats with mosquito netting for extra protection!
  6. Avoid playing by standing water and be sure to empty water tables and other toys that gather water to avoid attracting mosquitoes.
  7. Have OTC hydrocortisone cream and antibiotic ointment in the cabinet just in case.

What’s your best advice for keeping your munchkins bug-free?


By Mary West
Mama of 2 & Teacher/Tutor; Not a fan of creep crawly critters!

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