Don’t Bug Me: Choosing Safer Bug Repellents

It’s summertime and for many people that means more time outdoors. People aren’t the only ones that come out more in the summer though. Insects do too. So, we turn to bug repellents like sprays to protect our skin from pests like mosquitos and ticks. But, did you know that the active ingredients in most bug sprays are pesticides? Yes, with many bug sprays, we are actually putting pesticides on our skin – and on our children’s skin, but we don’t have to.

Here are some tips for choosing safer bug repellents for your family this summer from Tracy Gregoire, LDA’s Director of the Healthy Children Project, and Sydney Cook, the Director of Science and Research at MADE SAFE.

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How to Keep Your Family Safe in the Sun this Summer

Who doesn’t want to be in the sun right? Sun provides vitamin D and is a boost to our moods. Those are both very good things for sure, but we still need to be careful. Here are a few ways to keep your family safe while you enjoy the sunshine this summer.

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Lead

When it comes to chemicals, lead has one of the strongest links to neurological harm. Lead is a potent neurotoxin that can cause learning disabilities,

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Baby Food & Heavy Metals

95 percent baby food tested contains toxic chemicals that harm kid’s brains * What it means for babies’ health: The chemicals found in baby food –

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Protect Your Family

LDA’s Healthy Homes and Families Booklet shares tips on how to reduce your family’s exposure to toxic chemicals. Our HCP webpage on lead includes fact sheets

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BPA (Bisphenol-A)

What is BPA? Bisphenol-A, or BPA for short, is a common chemical found in many consumer products such as the plastics used to make baby

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