What are guidelines for using a repellent on children?

Always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label when using repellent:

  • Repellents containing DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old, and certain other repellents may not be appropriate for young children (e.g. oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used with children less than age 3 years).
  • When using repellent on a child, apply it to your own hands and then rub them on your child. Avoid children’s eyes and mouth and use it sparingly around their ears. After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water.
  • Do not apply repellent to children’s hands. (Children may tend to put their hands in their mouths.)
  • Do not allow young children to apply insect repellent on themselves; have an adult do it for them.
  • Keep repellents out of reach of children.
  • Do not apply repellent under clothing. If repellent is applied to clothing, wash treated clothing before wearing again. (This recommendation may vary by product; check label for specific instructions.)
  • Follow product instructions – using more won’t give you extra protection but may increase risk.

CAUTION: Always read the entire label before you use insect repellent and apply exactly as the label directs.