Insect Repellent Use And Safety In Children

After returning indoors, wash your childs treated skin or bathe the child. Clothes exposed to insect repellants should be washed with soap and water. Sunscreens Combined with Insect Repellents If a sunscreen containing DEET is used, then a sunscreen-only product should be used if additional sunscreen is needed. The sunscreen that contains DEET should not be reapplied because repeated applications may increase potential toxic effects. For sunscreen products made with natural insect repellent ingredients follow package directions. Re-application of the combination product may be all right depending upon the particular formulation. Continue reading at

Natural Insect Repellents (PHOTOS)

However, experts say nothing works as well as DEET, which is deemed safe even for kids as long as it's used properly. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus (Est. $9 for 4 oz.) , which uses oil of lemon eucalyptus to stop mosquitoes, ticks, flies, no-see-ums (small biting flies) and gnats, is the clear winner in this category. It's one of the few plant-based products that receives glowing reviews from consumers and performed well in a professional test, which tested 10 repellents and rated the spray 97 out of 100 for repelling mosquitoes and ticks for more than eight hours. Continue reading at

Best Natural Insect Repellent

Living with dogs in tick country, loving to travel, and being chemically sensitive, my quest is personal. I was recently visiting a high-malaria risk area in Cambodia, for example, and as a result I felt I needed to take the best proven mosquito repellent available, but with my caveat: it also had to be nontoxic! I avoid DEET, the commonly recommended pesticide by pediatricians, but I needed something equally as effective. Tick and mosquito-borne diseases like Lyme disease, malaria and West Nile virus are no joke. Continue reading at