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Bug Spray & Sunscreen Dangers

"If someone is applying sunblock every hour and they're also reapplying DEET every hour that's going to lead to too much DEET, says Ronica Farrar, with the Texas Panhandle Poison Center "If someone is applying sunblock every hour and they're also reapplying DEET every hour that's going to lead to too much DEET, says Ronica Farrar, with the Texas Panhandle Poison Center

Blurry vision... weakness... even seizures.

What you have on your shelf at home could cause your child to suffer from these damaging

ailments.

It's a safety alert you can't afford to miss.

Who would have thought products like this.... suncreen and bug repellant would be dangerous for your kid.

But combined together... combined with DEET... they sure can be.

On any hot day...

Shara Britten lathers her youngsters with sunscreen.

And when the bugs are buggin.

She sprays on the insect repellant.

After all there's a lot of dangers out there.

"The west nile virus is very scary cause it does affect older people and younger children," she says.

But she didn't know about this one until we told her...

"If someone is applying sunblock every hour and they're also reapplying DEET every hour thats going to lead to too much DEET ... if too much of it is absorbed into the skin its gonna cause them to have seizures and some problems with an overdose," says Ronica Farrar, with the Texas Panhandle Poison Center.

"That's pretty scary," says Britten.

Experts say use a repellant that contains 10% of DEET or less on kids under six. When you're at the store all you gotta do is look at the front of the product label. Right here this one's a good one, it only contains 7%.

"If you're going to use a product that contains DEET apply the sunblock let it set into the skin 15 to 20 minutes prior," says Farrar.

"I'll definitely think twice about insect repellant with deet in it and try to get it in lower doses for my kids," says Britten.

And experts say maybe you should too...

Because on any hot day...

These products shouldn't ruin your family fun.

The Texas Panhandle Poison Center says they haven't heard of any adverse effects from the products in our area.

They say its a good idea to program their phone number 1-800-222-1222 in your cell phone.

So no matter where you are in the United States you can get in touch with the closest center if you have a problem.

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