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July 2012 • #35
A Note from the Medical Editor

Along with the warm weather come bugs – lots and lots of bugs. I like to call them a side-effect of summer. For most children, the biting and stinging insects of summer are just minor annoyances. However, they can represent a serious problem for some with serious allergies.

So what can you do to prevent your kids from getting bit or stung? What is the best way to treat a bite or sting? You’re about to find out. Here are some ways to keep insects from ruining your outdoor fun.

~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,

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