Despite of definite DEET effectiveness in preventing insect bites on children, there are a range of non-DEET alternatives that are quite popular among parents. A lot of old reports state that DEET may cause toxic side effects, such as seizures. Now it was proven that DEET is safe in using even by children. Additionally there are a range of DEET-free repellents that also can be effective for your children. One of such repellents is Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Insect Repellent. OFF! series also offers non-DEET repelling aerosol that contains lemon eucalyptus oil. It is OFF! Botanicals Plant Based Insect Repellent. Mention that repellents that contain lemon equcaliptus oil are allowed to be used only on children over three years old.
Other DEET-free repellents are:
- Repel Plant Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent
- Cutter Advanced Insect Repellent (Picaridin)
- California Baby Bug Repellent Spray with Citronella
- Bull Frog Mosquito Coast
- Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent ( based on Lemongrass Citronella and Rosemary Oils)
Picaridin is also a chemical repelling product, it is considered to be as effective as DEET. That is why it is a good choice for parents who are looking for alternative to DEET.
- The AAP recommends using DEET repellents not more than one time a day. Don’t reuse it on children during a day.
- It is not recommended to use insect repellent together with sunscreen. The problem is in different ways of using these means. Sunscreen needs to be reused once a few hours, while repellent doesn’t. Combined using of sunscreen and repellent is OK when you stay outdoors not longer than fore a few hours.
- Limit using repellents by applying it only on exposed skin areas. Don’t use it on skin under clothes, child’s hands, areas near mouth and eyes. Also it is not recommended to use repellents on irritated or wounded skin.
- To protect your child from over application, apply the repellents on your hands and only then rub it on your child’s skin.
- After you child comes from the outside, wash off the rests of repellents from his skin.