Like many parents, I’ve never been convinced that chemical insect repellents are truly safe to use on my kid. DEET, in particular, creeps me out – once I accidentally sprayed some on a metal door, and the paint on the door immediately blistered up and peeled off.
DEET can irritate skin, but my primary concern was that it might bioaccumulate and cause neurotoxicity or cancer over time. I didn’t know if there was any basis to my fears, so I spent several hours researching my concerns. This is what I found.
See the full article by Edward Shepard on Motherly’s website here: https://www.mother.ly/parenting/is-bug-repellent-safe-for-kids-plus-recommendations-for-what-works