Insect Repellents Usage

Insect repellent is not provided. Country Fun Child Care uses natural essential oils applied to clothing only. If a child’s parents/legal guardians want insect repellent used they need to provide it in its original container labeled with the child’s name. Repellent will be stored out of the reach of children.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using products that contain active ingredients that are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Insect repellents currently registered by the EPA contain: DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

Only use of the concentration of repellent that is appropriate for the amount of time the child will be exposed is applied. To reduce the risk of adverse effects, the lowest concentration called for in the situation is used. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends using products that have a 30% or less concentration of DEET and that repellents not be used on children under two months of age. Also note that labels for Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus products state that they should not be used on children under 3 years.

Country Fun Child care will follow the AAP and the EPA recommendations when using insect repellents:

  • Apply repellents only to exposed skin and or clothing. Do not use under clothing.
  • Never use repellents over cuts, wounds, or irritated skin.
  • Do not apply to eyes or mouth, and apply sparingly around ears. When using sprays, do not spray directly on face, spray on hands first and then apply to face.
  • Do not allow children to handle the product. When using on children apply to your own hands first. Do not apply on children’s hands.
  • Use just enough to cover exposed skin, heavy applications do not work better. If a thin film does not work, you can apply a bit more.
  • After returning indoors, wash treated skin with soap and water. Also wash treated clothing before wearing again. (Check product label for further instructions.)
  • If a child develops a rash, stop using the product, wash with mild soap and water and call poison control or your doctor for guidance.