Insect Repellents for Children
Insect repellents should be used along with protective clothing. The American Academy of
Pediatrics states that a 30 percent concentration is safe for both children and adults, but that 10
percent can be used for children if parents are concerned about the potential risks or if the threat
of disease-carrying mosquitoes is small. Those that have a high concentration (more than l0%) of
DEET should not be used on an infant’s skin because they are toxic. Spray repellents that are
designed to be used on clothing only should not be used on your child’s skin. The table below
lists some insect repellents found in the U.S. and their ingredients.
Bite Blocker (geranium oil) Consep, Inc
Repel (Oil of lemon Eucalyptus) Wisconsin Pharmacal
Avon Skin-so-soft Bug Guard spray (citronella 0. l 0%) Avon
Repellents with DEET % DEET
Skedaddle for Children Minnetonka 6.5
Skedaddle for Children with sunscreen SPF 15 Minnetonka 6.5
Off! Skintastic for Kids spray Johnson Wax 5.0
Cutter All Family Insect spray United Industries 7.0
Cutter Pleasant Protection with sunscreen SPF l 5 United Industries 7.0
Repel Camp Lotion for Kids Wisconsin Pharmacal 10.0
Repel Soft Unscented Gel Wisconsin Pharmacal 7.0
In 2001 the Environmental Protection Agency made the following recommendations regarding
the safe use of insect repellant with DEET for children:
ξ Do not apply to infants under two months of age. (Skin permeability becomes similar to
adult by the second month of life.)
ξ Read and follow all directions and precautions on the product label.
ξ Do not apply over cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
ξ Do not apply to young children's hands or near eyes or mouth.
ξ Do not allow young children to apply products themselves.
ξ Use just enough to cover the exposed skin and/or clothing.
ξ Do not use under clothing.
ξ Avoid over-application.
ξ After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water.
ξ Wash treated clothing before wearing again.
ξ Do not use spray solutions in enclosed areas or near food.
ξ For use on face, apply to adult hands and then rub on face. Do not spray face. Avoid
areas around eyes and mouth.
Repellents with Picaridin (KBR3023)
Cutter Advance Sport Insect Repellent United Industries
Permethrin Insecticide Sprays (For clothing only! Not applied to skin)
Cutter Outdoorsman Gear Guard Spray Cutter 0.5%
Repel Permanone Wisconsin Pharmacal
UW Dermatology Department
1 S. Park St 7th Floor
Madison, WI 53715
Clinic: 608 287-2450
American Family Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Dermatology Specialty Clinic
1675 Highland Ave.
Madison, WI 53792
Clinic: 608 263-6420
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 12/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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