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Will deet hurt my baby?

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Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Deet particularly at higher concentrations can be toxic to infants and young children if put directly on the skin.
Deet may be sprayed on the clothes, but the best advise is prevention: keep the baby inside during the hours of dawn and dusk and cover the baby as to avoid contact with shrub and grasses in oder to avoid tick bites.

In brief: Yes

Deet particularly at higher concentrations can be toxic to infants and young children if put directly on the skin.
Deet may be sprayed on the clothes, but the best advise is prevention: keep the baby inside during the hours of dawn and dusk and cover the baby as to avoid contact with shrub and grasses in oder to avoid tick bites.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine

In brief: Risks

It all depends upon concentration.
Low concentration (10% or less) for infants 2 months of age or older appears to be safe (http://goo.Gl/gr5mm) . In the U.S. Repellent products must stage any age restriction. Other insect repellents aren't necessarily safer. Prevention of insect bites is very important. A good discussion on this can be found on the cdc website at: http://goo.Gl/yrnm6.

In brief: Risks

It all depends upon concentration.
Low concentration (10% or less) for infants 2 months of age or older appears to be safe (http://goo.Gl/gr5mm) . In the U.S. Repellent products must stage any age restriction. Other insect repellents aren't necessarily safer. Prevention of insect bites is very important. A good discussion on this can be found on the cdc website at: http://goo.Gl/yrnm6.
Dr. Thomas Heston
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Dr. Russell Faust
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Yes

Deet (n, n-diethyl-m-toluamide), the common insect repellent, is promptly absorbed through the skin.
There have been several reported cases of toxic encephalopathy (brain toxicity) in children from deet exposure.

In brief: Yes

Deet (n, n-diethyl-m-toluamide), the common insect repellent, is promptly absorbed through the skin.
There have been several reported cases of toxic encephalopathy (brain toxicity) in children from deet exposure.
Dr. Russell Faust
Dr. Russell Faust
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