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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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Why is it unsafe to use deet bug sprays on children?

Why is it unsafe to use deet bug sprays on children?

DEET bug spray: When used in concentraions of 10% and lower, deet insect repellents are safe. Higher doses cause neurotoxicity like slurred speech, confusion, and seizures. The product should be applied to clothing when possible, and the hands, eyes, and mouths of young children should be avoided. ...Read more

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I need to ask an important medical question? Is anybody allergic to deet? Is picardin safer for everyone?

I need to ask an important medical question? Is anybody allergic to deet? Is picardin safer for everyone?

DEET versus Picardin: Deet allergy can occur but is very rare. Concentrations of any repellant above 50% are not more effective than the 50% concentration and can be irritating. Picardin is considered an effective alternative to deet. Also, can consider using Permethrin treated clothing, shoes, bed nets, sleeping bags, etc. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use bug spray with deet on young children, and if so should the amount used differ from adult to child?

Is it ok to use bug spray with deet on young children, and if so should the amount used differ from adult to child?

Deet 10-30%: Both the cdc and american academy of pediatrics support the safe use of deet 30% and below for children over 2 months of age. Parents should not let children apply it themselves and it should only be applied to exposed skin and not hands that may go into little ones mouths. Repeated studies have shown safety. Avoid oil of lemon eucalyptus for those under 3 years of age --it is not safe. ...Read more

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Is bug spray containing deet safe to use when trying to conceive or pregnant?

Is bug spray containing deet safe to use when trying to conceive or pregnant?

I believe it's safe: Research has not been able to prove that even high levels of DEET exposure increase the 3-5% chance of having a baby with a birth defect. This is especially true when used in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. The risk of exposure to a 20-30% DEET preparation seems to be less than the risk of mosquito and tick bites carrying malaria, Lyme disease, etc. Avoiding exposure to mosquitos/ticks seems prudent:) ...Read more

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Mosquitos repellant ;Is 33% liquid Deet using a whole 10mg sachet safe to use on Adult arms and legs with Asthama?

Mosquitos repellant ;Is 33% liquid Deet using a whole 10mg sachet safe to use on Adult arms and legs  with Asthama?

Deet: Is toxic. No greater than 30% lotion should be used and sparingly and less than 10% in children. It should not be applied to your face. If your asthma is triggered by scents, it would be possible to have a reaction. So it sounds like too much. All the best. ...Read more

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Will deet hurt my baby?

Will deet hurt my baby?

No, not if:: 1 Not if your baby is greater than 2 months & you use 30% DEET or less 2. Not if you use DEET the correct way 3. They don't give us enough room here to explain properly how to use repellent so go to this site: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/repellent.html?WT.ac=p-ra 4. Don't be too shy to ask if you still feel unsure. Your baby is too important to let embarrassment hold back further questions ...Read more

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Is there a good natural bug repellent that works just as well if not better than off and deet?

Maybe: Check out http://www.Webmd.Com/health-ehome-9/safer-bug-spray for some options like soy-based products & oil of lemon eucalyptus. ...Read more

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Anyone know of an effective insect repellant that does not contain deet?

Anyone know of an effective insect repellant that does not contain deet?

Non DEET Ideas: Picardin has received increasing positive attention in the US (used in other countries x 20years. Picardin is especially good against flies. In the US, it probably missed out at first because we were using incorrect dosing. Picardin 20 is very good, doesn't melt plastic, not neuro toxic, no strong odor but has NOT been around as long as DEET. Picradin in US since 2005, in Europe since 1980's. ...Read more

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I wore 25% Deet for 2 weeks while hiking in Central America. This was a month ago. If I had negative side effects, would they have shown up by now?

I wore 25% Deet for 2 weeks while hiking in Central America. This was a month ago. If I had negative side effects, would they have shown up by now?

Don't worry: High concentration DEET insect repellent can be alarming - the spray melts some plastics including BPA free water bottles - but if you have been fine for a month after returning from your trip you are not having a reaction to the DEET. ...Read more

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Could a few weeks of 50% deet cause neurological problems in later life?

Could a few weeks of 50% deet cause neurological problems in later life?

No; Very unlikely: Unless you drank the stuff in huge quantities --it would be so very rare--someone would beg to study you. 1. Unlike Mercury, DEET doesn't accumulate in the body. It is gone in 24 hrs. There have been hundreds of atudies, Example:w. using it at 40ml per kg per day for 60 days straight (who volunteers for this?) Anyway, even these poor subjects were fine unless they drank lots of alcohol too.. ...Read more

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Wife will be 17wks preg on Caribbean cruise. We won't get off ship. Plan to wear long clothing, use DEET. What is the "real" risk of getting Zika?

Wife will be 17wks preg on Caribbean cruise. We won't get off ship. Plan to wear long clothing, use DEET. What is the "real" risk of getting Zika?

Nobody really knows: If a couple is very lucky, neither person will get bit by a Zika-infected mosquito, and they'll come home fine, with a 0% chance of getting Zika. If very unlucky, they'll both get bit, maybe even by the same mosquito, and both will suffer Zika disease, and have a 100% chance of getting Zika. If half lucky, the husband will catch it but the wife won't... unless she gets it from having sex with him. ...Read more

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Just found out I'm pregnant. Used deet spray on skin, accidentally inhaled some and it made my nose burn. Scared for me and baby! What should I do?

Just found out I'm pregnant. Used deet spray on skin, accidentally inhaled some and it made my nose burn. Scared for me and baby! What should I do?

Harm unlikely: It is unlikely that sufficient quantities of spray would be absorbed to cause any harm to your unborn baby. In the future, I recommend using lotions with DEET or applying spray to hands and then rubbing that on the skin. ...Read more

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Is it safe to vaccinate children?

Is it safe to vaccinate children?

Risk:benefit: No medication, supplement or vaccine is 100% without risk to all people. In the case of vaccines, the risk of serious illness, disability or death is considered far higher than the risks of vaccination. For this reason, Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization have adopted vaccine schedule recommendations which have been spectacularly successful in reducing disease. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give pain medication to children?

Is it safe to give pain medication to children?

Depends: This depends on the condition of the child, reason and type of medication and dose involved. I can think of some pain meds that would stop a kid from breathing,at least one that could shut down their kidneys, etc. There are specific and well studied pain meds for kids that are safe to use. ...Read more

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What pesticides are safe on the lawn if I have young children?

What pesticides are safe on the lawn if I have young children?

Organic: There are natural options when it comes to pest control for lawns and outdoor spaces. Consult an organic or chemical-free landscaper and use essential-oil based products when possible. Remember, dandelions aren't neurotoxic (from normal environmental exposure) but pesticides can be. ...Read more

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