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Insect Repellant (Overview)

Insect repellents are considered safe to use after 2 months of age. The CDC has established that products containing DEET, picaridin, or citronella are generally safe, however, products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children younger than 3 years old. Avoid applying near the mouth or on the hands.


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Could a bounce dryer sheet be used as an insect repellant?

Could a bounce dryer sheet be used as an insect repellant?

Not effective: You can sure try it, but I do not believe that it is effective....(though you may smell a little fresher). The studies I have seen do not show that any of the home remedies are very effective at thwarting mosquitoes. Otc products containing deet work the best, though some people believe deet can be harmful. I personally use it, and will take that risk over the bites and associated problems. ...Read more

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Insect Repellant (Overview)

Insect repellents are considered safe to use after 2 months of age. The CDC has established that products containing DEET, picaridin, or citronella are generally safe, however, products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children younger than 3 years old. Avoid applying near the mouth or on the hands.


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What do I need to know about using insect repellant on my child?

What do I need to know about using insect repellant on my child?

Avoid sprayin hands: Effective repellants use deet & concentrations from 10-30% are commonly available. This is a toxic material and application to the hands should be avoided. Aap recomends 10% or less in infants & children; however, hourly application is often needed to maintain effectiveness.Deet is not recommended < 2mo/age or over wide areas.Higher potency deet may be applied to clothing & provide a halo effect. ...Read more

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Treating Insect Bites (Tip)

Treating Insect Bites

Use insect repellants with DEET but avoid head, face, eyes and mouth. Do not use DEET if under 2 yo. ...See more

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Treating Insect Bites (Checklist)

Apply ice to bites
Once
Use topical corticosteroid cream on itchy bites
Daily
Seek medical attention if symptoms of shock develop
Once
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What is the most effective insect repellant on the market today?

INSECT REPELLENTS: Deet remains the criterion standard of currently available insect repellents. Marketed products include off!, cutter, repel, sawyer, ben's, and ultrathon. For most uses, choose a repellent with 5-35% deet. Repellents can be safely applied lightly to exposed skin or clothing. In your case, apply deet in a small area of skin first watching for any signs of irritation before using over a wider area. ...Read more

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What is a natural insect repellant? Is it any safer than chemical stuff?

Lasts only 2 hours: Citronella, neem or soybean oil are approved by epa but are only effective for 2 hours. They need to be reapplied frequently. Chemical with deer work for four hours. ...Read more

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Treating Insect Bites (Tip)

Treating Insect Bites

Use DEET repellant and get vaccines. Don't forget to spray kids, apply repellant before sunscreen. ...See more

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Are there negative effects associated with insect repellant?

Yes: There can be serious side effects associated with some insect repellents. Specifically, deet, which is in many repellents and has been on the market since 1956, can cause problems if not used correctly. Reported severe reactions have included seizures and death (after ingestion). The cdc recommends: use sparingly & never on wounds, low conc in kids, no ingest/inhaling, apply to clothing if can. ...Read more

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At what age can insect repellant with Deet safely be used on children?

At what age can insect repellant with Deet safely be used on children?

Chemicals on skin: Although the info'mercials say it is safe over 2 months of age (See: http://kidshealth.org/parent/question/general/repellent.html) I'd use extreme caution for infants as their skin is quite permeable. Remember Thalidomide; irradiating thymus glands for croup; and that live fluoroscope in the shoe store?!? ...Read more

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Treating Insect Bites (Tip)

Treating Insect Bites

Annoying bug bite. Itching, itching mosquito.Ah...Soothing itch cream! ...See more