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Using Mosquito Repellent on Children

Repellent products must state any age restriction. If there is none, the EPA has not required a restriction on the use of the product.
According to the label, oil of lemon eucalyptus products should not be used on children under three years of age.
DEET is approved for use on children over two months old. There is no restriction on the percentage of DEET in the product for use on children, since the data does not show any difference in effects between young animals and adult animals in tests done for product registration. There also is no data showing incidents that would lead the EPA to believe there is a need to restrict the use of DEET.

Other Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

In addition to using mosquito repellent, you can protect yourself and your family by taking these precautions:
  • Wear clothing with long pants and long sleeves while outdoors. Apply permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent to clothing, as mosquitoes may bite through thin fabric. (Remember: Don't use permethrin on skin.)
  • Use mosquito netting over infant carriers.
  • Reduce the number of mosquitoes in your area by getting rid of containers with standing water that provide breeding places for the mosquitoes.
(Click Preventing Mosquito Bites for more information.)
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