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

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics

In brief: Bug off!

Insect repellents for children should contain low levels of deet (<10%) and should be used sparingly.
First, try to avoid being out during peak "bug" hours, keep your baby covered with clothing and a mosquito net when possible. When you use repellent, avoid the hands and face, spray it mostly on the clothes, and wash the clothes after coming in.

In brief: Bug off!

Insect repellents for children should contain low levels of deet (<10%) and should be used sparingly.
First, try to avoid being out during peak "bug" hours, keep your baby covered with clothing and a mosquito net when possible. When you use repellent, avoid the hands and face, spray it mostly on the clothes, and wash the clothes after coming in.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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