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What percent of deet (in bug spray) is safe for a toddler? 7% does not work and he keeps getting bites!

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Dr. Jerry Clements
Travel Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 30%

Up to 30% is considered safe.

In brief: 30%

Up to 30% is considered safe.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Works used right

The trick for deet products is realizing that the active ingredient evaporates.
You get about an hour for every 10%, so the low end products must be re-applied frequently.30% is okay but will still be lost after about 3hrs.

In brief: Works used right

The trick for deet products is realizing that the active ingredient evaporates.
You get about an hour for every 10%, so the low end products must be re-applied frequently.30% is okay but will still be lost after about 3hrs.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Traci Buxton
Family Medicine

In brief: Up to 25%

Deet-containing insect sprays have been proven safe in children over the age of 2 months.
Use the minimum amount necessary and avoid the eyes, nose and mouth when applying. Non-deet sprays are available but often aren't as effective.

In brief: Up to 25%

Deet-containing insect sprays have been proven safe in children over the age of 2 months.
Use the minimum amount necessary and avoid the eyes, nose and mouth when applying. Non-deet sprays are available but often aren't as effective.
Dr. Traci Buxton
Dr. Traci Buxton
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