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    In the eyes of many natural moms, commercial bug spray presents more dangers to their kids than the insects they repel. And they have some reason to worry -- studies have shown that pesticides like DEET can cause a host of problems in children. So what's a holistic-minded mom to do, short of letting her kids get bitten to death? One option is you can make your own bug spray at home. As is the case with all-natural remedies, it's best to consult your doctor before trying them, and test for allergies on a small area of skin first. But since the ingredients are all-natural, the odds of an adverse reaction are slim. Here we highlight five all-natural recipes from holistic bloggers and explain what makes them effective.

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    Nothing can put a damper on summer fun faster than a sunburn. And as hard as moms try to keep it from happening, sooner or later, your kids are bound to come home looking like lobsters. Then what? Luckily there are plenty of ways to treat sunburn and ease their discomfort. Here are a few things that can provide some relief.

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    Mosquito bites suck, literally. No child gets through summer without getting bit, a lot. And since kids rarely possess the self control to not scratch 'til they bleed, it's imperative that parents know the best way to treat mosquito bites so they can minimize their little one's discomfort. Here are the steps to take:

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    Like many overprotective moms, I slather my kid in sunscreen all summer. The irony? According to the Environmental Working Group, many store-bought sunscreens contain potentially dangerous ingredients, from allergens to toxic chemicals. In an effort to shield their kids from these health threats, a growing number of holistic moms are swapping recipes on how to make your own natural sunscreen at home.

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    One of my earliest (but definitely not fondest) childhood memories occurred at age 4 when a bee whizzed by and stung me on the face. Granted, I'd swatted at it first, so I guess I had it coming to me. Needless to say, bee and wasp stings can be terrifying for kids, and many parents don't know the right way to treat them. Here's how to minimize the damage:

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    For kids, summer comes with the added risk of injury, from scrapes to bug bites to poison ivy. But according to holistic health experts, a bunch of natural treatments can be found right in your own home, and even cobbled together into your own kid-friendly summer first-aid kit. As with anything, of course, you should consult your doctor first to make sure these treatments are right for you. Here are a few worth considering:

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    Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, and what better ingredients to include in it than vitamins. Right? Maybe not. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), overly fortified cereals can be bad for kids

    In its annual report, the organization found that some popular cereals contain lots of zinc, niacin, and vitamin A.That doesn't sound so bad, so what's the problem?

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    There are some oddball milestones in parenting, aren't there? A recent one for me was taking my son to see Godzilla. The noise, the monsters, the immersive nature of watching it in IMAX 3D ... there was a time I would've predicted that sort of movie outing would have been about as successful as trying to force-feed him a bag of live spiders.

    It seems so obvious in retrospect: he wouldn't have enjoyed a loud dramatic movie because he was too young. But at the time, I thought of him as quirky. I mentally referred to his sensory issues. It occurs to me -- now that he's older, now that I'm not so caught up in how he compares to other kids his age -- that our easy access to an infinite amount of anecdotal medical information has ruined our collective ability to let our kids develop at their own pace.

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    A mom named Christy Riggs has gone to battle with her daughter's school, because the San Antonio, Texas district has banned sunscreen. Apparently, the North East Independent School District won't allow students to bring block with them to school -- even when they're outside on a field trip -- because it's considered a toxic substance. Yes, really.

    School district spokesperson Aubrey Chancellor said allergies are just one of several reasons why they won't allow it, claiming that students may share it, get it in their eyes, and have a serious reaction. Rrrright. But isn't getting sunburned -- even once, very badly, which studies show could double chances of melanoma -- considered a "serious reaction," as well?!

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    It's been going on so long, it's practically tradition. Teachers pack papers in a kid's bookbag to send home to Mom and Dad. Kid gets out of the teacher's sight, and they take a peek at whatever said paper says. But what a 9-year-old girl in New York City found on a note to her parents recently was shocking -- for both child and Mom. The slim third grader was being labeled "overweight" in a school health assessment.

    At 4 feet, 1 inch tall and 66 pounds, the idea that Gwendolyn Williams is in any way overweight is ludicrous. She looks like most third graders -- healthy. But just as ludicrous is the notion that a school would put the thought in a young child's head that their body size matters.

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