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Your children can avoid mosquito bites if they:
In the summer, kids like to join us in activities that take place during peak mosquito hours. So, when your child is heading outside, use a repellent that:
Remember: Mosquito repellents are not all the same. Some brands have different ingredients than others. Some brands are better at stopping mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus than other brands. Also, the directions for use on children are often different than directions for adult use.
When choosing a mosquito repellent for children, ask yourself the following questions:
When using repellent on a child:
The following chart can help you choose a repellent that is best for your child based on exposure times. Keep several repellents on your shelves so that your family is prepared for outdoor activities any time. Always read the label to determine if it is safe for children!
Products containing premethrin are intended to be used on clothing and/or gear only. They should never be applied to skin. Products that contain oil of eucalyptus are not recommended for use on children under three.
|Repellent name||Main ingredient||Protection time|
|Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Expedition||IR3535||8 hours|
|Natrapel||Picaridin 20%||8 hours|
|Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus||Picaridin 10%||6-8 hours|
|OFF! Active||DEET 15%||up to 6 hours|
|Repel Lemon Eucalyptus (do not use for children under 3)||Oil of lemon eucalyptus||up to 6 hours|
|Cutter All Family||Picaridin 7%||4-6 hours|
|OFF! Family Care||DEET 5% - 15%||4-6 hours|
|Buzz Away Extreme||Soybean oil, geranium oil, castor oil, cedarwood oil, citronella oil, peppermint oil, lemongrass oil||3.5-8 hours|
|OFF! Family Care Clean Feel||Picaridin 5%||2-4 hours|
|Cutter Skinsations||DEET 7%||Up to 2 hours|
|Herbal Armor||Citronella, peppermint oil, cedar oil, lemongrass oil, geranium oil||Up to 2 hours|
|Buzz Away||Citronella oil||10 minutes|
Products containing DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, and picaridin are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Products containing citronella oil have met applicable standards of the EPA.
It is not recommended to use a repellent/sunscreen combination.
For more detailed information on repellents, visit:
Information for this fact sheet adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.