Using Repellents on Kids

The following are some suggestions of what you should keep in mind when applying insect repellent on children:

  • Read product labels for protection times and use directions.
  • Insect repellent should always be applied on children by an adult.
  • Apply a thin uniform layer of repellent on all exposed skin as directed.
  • Read product labels for protection times.
  • Be aware of the fact that a mosquito can detect a missed spot the size of a dime!
  • Make sure you reapply insect repellent after your child has been in the water — repellent is not water-resistant.
  • If your child is using insect repellent and sunscreen, be sure to apply the sunscreen first and then the insect repellent.

What you need to know about DEET

DEET is the active ingredient found in many insect repellent products on the market today. It’s an effective repellent to disease-spreading bugs such as mosquitoes and ticks. Insect repellents containing DEET effectively repel insects such as mosquitoes and ticks that may carry disease. Learn More.

On children 2 to 12 years of age

Children in this age group should use only products that contain 10% DEET or less (such as OFF!® familycare® ) with a maximum application of three times per day. Take special care to avoid the face and hands.

On children 6 months to 2 years of age

Use only products that contain 10% DEET or less. A maximum of one application per day is recommended. Apply sparingly, avoiding the face and hands and use only in situations where a high risk of complications from insect bites exists. Avoid prolonged use.

On children under 6 months of age

Do not use insect repellents containing DEET.