Kid Safe Insect Repellents

Nature has much to offer in all its splendor. There’s nothing like spending quality time in the great outdoors, getting in exercise and taking in the fresh air. Why let pesky bugs and insects spoil that? While there are many products and devices designed to help keep the pests down to a minimum, these usually keep you confined to a specific amount of space they are designed to cover. Bug sprays and repellants offer more freedom to move about wherever while providing protection. I’ve listed below some of the best Deet-free kid safe insect repellents that are safe for protecting your child from getting bitten.

Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent6174xrHT8TL._SL1500_
Cutter is a popular brand name in insect repellents. There are many varieties of repellents that they offer including this natural DEET-free repellent. It is formulated with plant-based ingredients recommended by the CDC with oils from lemon and eucalyptus. It repels against mosquitoes for up to 6 hours.

Bite Blocker Family Safe Spray
bite blockerBite Blocker is a natural, herbal bug repellant that is considered safe for babies 2 months and up as well as for pregnant women according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is formulated to protect against mosquitoes, black flies and ticks and lasts for 90-120 minutes. It may not be the most pleasant smelling of repellants but it works to keep offending pests at bay.

Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus
61r+ydCRFZL._SL1500_I remember my mom using this on us as kids when she was an Avon representative. Not to give away my age, but it’s been around for awhile and still is because it’s effective. This does more than just repel against bugs; it also moisturizes the skin and provides SPF 30 protection in a hypoallergenic, non-greasy formula. It is DEET-free, PABA-free, and dermatologist tested for safe use by the entire family. It offers protection against mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, gnats, and other bothersome bugs. This can be purchased from a local Avon representative as well as through Amazon.

California Baby Natural Bug Blend
516N2xBRCVL._SL1500_California Baby happens to be one of my favorite brands in natural products and has been featured in other buying guides. This natural bug blend insect repellent contains Citronella, Lemongrass, and Cedar essential oils to repel against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and biting flies. It comes in a convenient travel-size pump that you can easily take along in the diaper bag.

 Badger Balm Anti-Bug Spray
71YFUFrlvwL._SL1500_This organic insect repellent is formulated with only natural essential oils to repel against mosquitoes, ticks, and stable flies. It contains Citronella, Rosemary, and Wintergreen. There are no synthetic compounds, DEET, or petrolatum and it is safe for use by the whole family. It also has a more pleasant aroma than other organic insect repellent formulas and it is proven to be effective in lab tests.

Insect Repellent Safety Tips

Regardless of what kind of kid safe insect repellents you choose, these are some valuable tips you should keep in mind when it comes to applying bug repellent to your child:

  • Do not apply it to the hands or eyes to prevent irritation.
  • All insect repellents should be washed off once your child is no longer exposed to bugs
  • If you will be spending prolonged hours of time outdoors or around bugs, be sure to read the guidelines on how often reapplication is necessary. Bug repellent shouldn’t be reapplied on children as frequently as sunscreen, so keep this in mind with combination formulas.

Also dress children accordingly when outdoors with loose fitting clothing which can also provide further protection against the sun. Be sure to check out our article on bug bites to recognize insect bites and how to treat them!

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