Can anyone provide links about the dangers of DEET? Hubby really wants to get some and put it on our kids and I really, really want to have more information other than "I don't want to put that on my children". Thanks Ladies
Just the fact that he'd be applying chemicals directly to your child's skin should be reason enough not to use DEET. Granted, there might not be a whole lot of evidence to say that DEET is dangerous now, but there wasn't a whole lot of evidence against thalidomide when it was being used either, and look at what happened there.
Avon's Skin So Soft is supposed to work great against skeeters.
Oh, there's also a discussion on pg 12 of Healthy Home & Body (I don't know how to provide a link to it, sorry) titled "Essential Oils for Insect Repellent" or something like that. It might help with alternatives to DEET.
don't do the deet!! the stuff is nasty - my dh is a forester who takes our ds into the woods alot (he watches ds while i work in the am) and we found this stuff online. don't think you can get it in stores but the stuff *rocks* - can not say enough about it - ds rarely gets bites anymore. warning: it is an obnoxious web site but the stuff works and it's not too expensive - we didn't go through one bottle over the entire summer!! (we got the one for kids).
DEET os so nasty! This is the worst time of year for West NIle though so you've got to use something.
Here's another website for an all natural insect repellant. I got this from a friend, but I know you can order it on the website as well. The product is called Pestfree, made by Cropchem. Go to Cropchem.com and order a bottle. We tried this out on ourselves first and now put it on DS all the time. It smells good and works great. No chemicals!
Ok, I just went to this website and you cannot order their product directly. SORRY! You'd have to send an email and request it I guess. Too bad because this is a great product but their website sucks!
I convinced my brother-in-law not to use DEET just by reading him all the warnings on the bottle (and it was a bottle of Off Skintastic for Kids so a low per centage). Up until then he was letting his 4 year old daughter apply it herself and she was really obsessive about it. I caught her about to spray it on her face! The bottle warns not to put it on the face, to wash it off immediately after the child comes back inside, wash your own hands immediately after applying it, not to apply it more than once a day, etc., etc., etc. I can't believe anyone has the energy to use this stuff safely and I personally don't believe that it is safe to use at all.
Burt's Bees bug repellent works but not for very long, like 20 minutes. My Mum bought a really good one in Maine, I think it was called Bug Off or something like that. It was highly recommended at an outdoor store. Anyway, if you search on line for "soy based mosquito repellent" you should come up with some good ones. The New England Journal of Medicine found that soy based repellents were as good as DEET.
I wanted to say thanks! Renee....great links and certainly enough to convince hubby (I was already convinced, but hubby is somewhat of a mainstream...do what everyone says...guru, trying to change is point of view, and it's slowly working
). I am going to order and try some of that Bite Blocker and if that doesn't work, gonna order one of the other selections until I find a chemical free repellent that I am satisfied with! I will let you ladies know how the battle goes (hint hint...I rarely loose
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