The recommendation for kids is to use a product which
contains less than 10% DEET (Diethlytoluamide) and avoid frequent
re-applications. I know that individual experiences vary, but
studies done on DEET -free products consistently show they don't
work very well.
- Use products formulated for children with less than 10%
- Put the insect repellant mainly on clothing and shoes
- Don't put any of the product on the kids hands. That way they won't
eat it or stick it in their eyes.
- Avoid areas that are sunburned or are otherwise irritated because the
DEET can be more easily absorbed from those areas.
- If you put the product on the skin, wash it off when the kids get
- One application can last 4-8 hours. You shouldn't have to put it on
more than twice a day. The combination sunscreen/insect repellant products should be avoided.
Sunscreen is meant to be applied frequently and insect repellant shouldn't be.
And DEET degrades sunscreen.
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