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DEET repellents: Are they safe for infants and pregnant women?

Posted by Stuart Rose on

The answer is Yes! ----When used as directed. Read the label on any DEET-containing insect repellent and you'll find warnings about not putting it on cuts or under clothing; not getting it in your eyes or mouth; not ingesting it. Interestingly, there is no age limitation warning, and no directions on how much you can apply, e,g., only so much repellent should be applied to a certain area of skin.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not putting DEET on an infant under age 2 months, but this is only a recommendation, not supported by any study showing harm, such as seizures.

Studies also have never connected fetal malformations to the use of DEET.

The real problem is fear of DEET and not using sufficient amounts to prevent harmful bites that can transmit malaria, dengue fever, Zika virus and other harmful diseases!.


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