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A 47-year-old member asked:

Can liquid type mosquito repellents be injurious to the health of small babies?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
YES can be dangerous: The most common ingredient in liquid mosquito repellents is deet, a known neurotoxin which can cause lethargy, headaches, tremors, involuntary movements, seizures & convulsions, as well as skin irritation. This can happen at any age but is a greater risk in children, esp. Babies. I would never risk this in my child. There are safe natural alternatives like burt's bees herbal insect repellent.
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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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