Mosquitos: How to Choose Use Insect Repellents (cont.)
Parents should choose the type and concentration of repellent to be used by taking into account the amount of time that a child will be outdoors, exposure to mosquitoes, and the risk of mosquito-transmitted disease in the area.
If you are concerned about using repellent products on children you may wish to consult a health care provider for advice or contact the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) through their toll-free number, 1-800-858-7378 or npic.orst.edu
Always follow the recommendations appearing on the product label when using repellent on children.
In addition to wearing repellent, you can protect yourself and your family by taking these precautions:
Note that the label for products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus specifies that they should not to be used on children under the age of three years.
Other than those listed above, EPA does not recommend any additional precautions for using registered repellents on pregnant or lactating women, or on children.
Yes. People can, and should, use both a sunscreen and an insect repellent when they are outdoors. Follow the instructions on the package for proper application of each product. In general, the recommendation is to apply sunscreen first, followed by repellent.
It is recommended NOT to use a single product that combines insect repellent containing DEET and sunscreen, because the instructions for use of insect repellents and use of sunscreen are different. In most situations, insect repellent does not need to be reapplied as frequently as sunscreen. While no recommendations are available at this time regarding products that combine other active ingredients and sunscreen, it is important to always follow the label on whatever product you are using.
To protect from sun exposure and insect bites, you can also wear long sleeves and long pants. You can also apply insect repellent to your clothing, rather than directly to your skin.
EPA recommends the following precautions when using an insect repellent or pesticide:
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The above information has been provided with the kind permission of the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov).
Last Editorial Review: 7/24/2006
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