Spending time outdoors with the kids is a big priority for most parents these days. Sunshine, fresh air, and being in contact with nature are shown to boost cognitive capabilities in children. But the outdoors also expose your precious little ones to mosquito bites.
How To Choose a Mosquito Repellent
Choosing the right mosquito repellent can be a daunting choice, especially with the conflicting information available online. The biggest questions I get asked are whether to choose a DEET-based mosquito repellent or an essential oils-based mosquito repellent.
- Age of your kids
- Pets at home
- How long you will be outside
- Ingredients in the mosquito repellent you choose
- Type of clothes you wear
1. Age of your kids
DEET-based mosquito repellents might not be suitable for children under the age of five, especially as it has risks of inducing skin rashes and severe irritation. Additionally, DEET is toxic when ingested, and young children may accidentally ingest some when they put their hands in their mouth.
2. Pets at Home
3. How long you will be outside
Sprays containing 10% DEET (the usual concentration for most repellents) last around 6 hours on the skin and 24 hours in the body. The longer something lasts in your body, the increased likelihood of you developing adverse reactions to it down the line.
If you are out for shorter periods of time, choose an essential oil-based mosquito repellent, so you won’t have any nasty chemicals lingering on your skin or clothes and potentially contaminating other things you come into contact with.