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Safe Mosquito Repellent for Babies

Parents can struggle to find a safe, non-toxic insect repellent for children. Natural products are especially important when buying any kind of repellent to use on or around babies, who are more vulnerable to toxins than adults. Luckily, there are a few safe mosquito repellent products for babies and children you can buy.

DEET Products

DEET products provide the best protection against mosquitoes and insects. DEET mosquito repellent for babies is available as a normal spray, as it's been reviewed by environmental organisations as safe for use in family homes. Most DEET repellents come with a percentage on the label, which indicates the amount of DEET in the product - however, the percentage refers to how long the product will repel insects, not its strength. For babies, only use products with less than 10% DEET concentration.

Some DEET mosquito repellent products safe for babies include:

  • OFF! Skintastic Famly (4.75% DEET)
  • Cutter All Family Mosquito Wipes (7% DEET)
  • OFF! FamilyCare Insext Repellent (5-7% DEET)
  • Cutter Insect Repellent (10% DEET).

DEET Free Products

Although considered safe for children and babies, some parents prefer to use natural, DEET free products. Luckily, there are a few plants that act as natural mosquito repellents and are safe for use on children and babies. Some include:

  • Bull Frog Mosquito Coast
  • California Baby Bug Repellent
  • Avon Skin Bug Guard Insect Repellent
  • Botanical Plant Based Repellents
  • Burts Bees Herbal Insect Repellent

Note that you should always pay attention to the labels of natural DEET-free products. Some ingrediants, such as oil of lemon eucalyptus, are natural but are not advised for children under the age of 3. DEET free products may also contain other toxins and chemicals, so check the labels before use to ensure products are safe for use on children.

Safety

Leading medical and environmental organisation recommended applying mosquito repellent to babies no more than once each day, especially DEET based products.

It's also recommended to apply repellent only on exposed skin, not under clothing. Avoid applying repellent around the mouth or on the hands, where children and babies can accidentally ingest some of the product.

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