Are Mosquito Repellants Safe?

Repellent Type Positives Negatives Safety Precautions
Creams, roll-on sticks, wipes, lotions Effective indoors If you directly apply on baby’s delicate skin it may cause an allergic reaction. Make sure you purchase a well known brand which clearly mentions the composition and percentage of each chemical used. Check with your doctor before using these on a baby under three months.
Liquid vaporizer Effective indoors Emit fumes when heated If you plan to use a vaporizer, make sure you keep the baby away from the room where you’ve switched on the vaporizer. Only take the baby in when you have shut the vapouriser off.
Sprays and foams Effective indoors and outdoors in a limited area Noxious fumes in the spray mist may be inhaled May cause allergies and breathing problems
Coils Effective outdoors in a limited area Coils release smoke when burnt May cause allergies and breathing problems
Mats Effective indoors Emit fumes when heated May cause allergies and breathing problems
Essential oils, such as citronella, neem oil, etc. Effective on direct application May cause allergic reaction and the effect may not last long Essential oils are very strong and should not be used directly on the skin of babies or even teens.

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