The 5 Best Insect Repellents for Kids
We tested the top repellents from Off, Cutter, Sawyer, and more to find the best at beating bugs
Finding the best insect repellent for kids and your family shouldn't require a science class or intensive research. We've researched and considered the 10 top products available, considering which chemicals are recommended by experts as safe and effective for children. We tested each repellent in various circumstances for efficacy, ease of application, smell, and more to help you determine which options are the best for your family or bug-repelling goals.
Outdoor summer fun with kids takes some planning and gear. We've tested several products, from the best sunscreen for babies to top-ranked kids' water bottles, including our favorite swim goggles to ensure safe summertime fun.
1. Best Overall Insect Repellent for Kids - Sawyer Insect Repellent
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Sawyer Insect Repellent is a versatile picaridin spray recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as safe and effective for most people. Our testers liked the evaporating smell and how the spray feels once it dries.
Insects and arachnids that bite in self-defense instead of to feed -- such as yellow jackets, bees, wasps, hornets, certain ants or spiders -- cannot be repelled with insect repellents.
The number of bug-borne diseases is increasing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the number of places they're spreading to is also on the rise.
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