Is Bug Spray Bad for Babies?

More bug bite safety for babies

Another effective bug guard is Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, according to the EWG, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that it not be used on children under 3 years old. Other EWG dos and don’ts for expectant moms and babies:

  • Don’t use bug sprays on infants under 6 months old. Cover strollers and carriers with fine netting.
  • Don’t use high concentrations of repellent, which may require less frequent reapplication. Opt instead to use the lowest concentration effective for your circumstances and reapply as needed.
  • Don’t apply repellent to unexposed skin. For a child, apply repellent to your hands first, then transfer it to the child’s exposed skin. Don’t put any on the child’s hands. Wash your hands afterward.
  • Do try to avoid bug bites and excessive repellent use.
  • Do test repellent on a small patch of skin a few days in advance and watch for a reaction.
  • Do wash off all repellent and check skin thoroughly for ticks at day’s end. No repellent is 100% effective.