Summer’s here, and unfortunately, so are the mosquitoes. It seems like no matter what I do, I’m always getting bugged by bugs. Those pesky little critters are constantly swarming around and I get attacked the second I walk outside.
Sure, I’ve tried all the regular repellents. They seem to work for a little while, but they all have their drawbacks. You either spray on the one that contains 30% DEET, inevitably clogging your pores and making you sweat like crazy and smell like a medicine chest. Either that or you opt for the light, scent free version which wears off after 5 minutes and leaves you swatting your legs the rest of the night.
I always wonder which ones are actually safe for The Buds. I don’t know about you, but I’m a little hesitant to slather my boys up with anything that contains a bunch of chemicals I can’t even pronounce. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that repellents should contain no more than 30% DEET when used on children older than 2 months (no insect repellent should be used on children younger than that). The higher the level of DEET, the longer the repellent will last. While repellents with DEET have been approved for children, you should take these precautions;
-Apply the repellent sparingly on children, and avoid their hands (to cut down on accidental ingestion) and mouths. Try and limit the application to exposed areas only.
-When using any kind of spray, do so in a well-ventilated area.
-Make sure to thoroughly wash the repellent off of the child’s skin once they go back inside. Also make sure to wash the child’s clothing to remove any chemical residue.
-Never use a product containing both DEET and sunscreen. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied often, and repellents with DEET should not be used more than once per day.
-Don’t spray insect repellent on your child’s face. Instead, use your hands for application to avoid getting any chemicals into your little one’s eyes, nose, or mouth.
If you’re like me and would prefer a more all-natural product, check out this list for some great, chemical-free options.
Burt’s Bees Herbal Insect Repellent
This all-natural blend of pest-repelling oils is 100% DEET free and is safe for both children and pets. While it comes in a spray bottle, it’s actually an oil, so you will need to rub this into your skin for maximum absorption. This great DEET alternative has an herbal, citrus-y scent that mosquitoes detest. Keep in mind that as with any oil, it can tend to be a bit greasy if you sweat, so just be aware if the weather is warm.
We love that this repellent comes in a wipe – so handy! Simply wipe your kiddos from head to toe and they’re covered for up to 2 hours. Bite-Blocker’s wipes are organic and all natural, so they’re safe for the whole family.
A repellent that keeps those annoying mosquitoes away AND moisturizes at the same time? Count us in! This USDA certified organic formula comes in a tin and a stick formula, both great kid-friendly options. With essential oils of lemongrass and rosemary, the scent isn’t all that bad either.
This company takes kid friendly a step further by ensuring that their products are not only organic, but preservative & DEET free. Absolutely no synthetic chemicals are used in their repellents. One of the things that make Bubble and Bee a standout is that their formula contains no water, so it’s super concentrated. Just a little dab will do ya.
We’ve all heard about the BPA scare when it comes to baby bottles. Lafe’s organics baby insect repellent is not only all natural and chemical-free; it also comes in a BPA free plastic bottle. It’s one organic repellent that is safe for kids, inside and out. This 100% vegan repellent applies like a lotion, so there’s no sticky residue to worry about.
Got a child with a nut allergy? You can feel safe with this nut-free repellent from California Baby. This great spray even works to soothe the itchiness from existing bug bites with a blend of aloe-vera, yucca, and herbs. You can even find this item at most Target stores, so there’s no need to go to a specialty shop to grab it.
As parents, we all want to keep our little ones safe and happy while they enjoy the great outdoors. Short of wrapping them in a plastic bubble, these all-natural repellents are the best way way to keep your kids bug free so they can make the most of their summer.