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Is mosquito repellent safe to use during pregnancy?

There are anti-mosquito agents so that mosquitoes do not bite quickly. The most famous of them is DEET. Some mosquito repellents are not suitable for children or are not recommended if you are pregnant. However, sometimes it is better to use the means, for example in countries where mosquitoes transmit dangerous diseases.

What is mosquito repellent?

There are two types of anti-mosquito agents. Agents intended to repel mosquitoes and agents intended to control mosquitoes.

To repel mosquitoes, you can use products that you stain or spray on your skin or clothing. There are also mosquito repellents that sometimes contain substances that have a mosquito repellent effect. Think of bed nets that have been treated with a chemical. Anti-mosquito agents to repel mosquitoes contain the active ingredient DEET, cetriudiol (cetriodora eucalyptus oil or p-menthan-3,8-diol), icaridin or ethylbutylacetylaminopropionate (ethyl N-acetyl-n-butyl-b-alaniate).

To combat mosquitoes, use products that are not intended to be sprayed on your skin. They are agents, usually sprays, intended for your room or with which you can treat surfaces. There are also electric fumigators (mosquito plugs) that release chemicals that repel mosquitoes. Mosquito control usually contains pyrethroids.

different concentrations

Anti-mosquito agents often contain different concentrations of active substances. DEET is the most well-known active ingredient in mosquito repellents and is available in the Netherlands in products in concentrations from 10 to 50 percent. Higher concentrations are more effective or last longer, but you can apply them less frequently. High concentrations of DEET are not suitable for young children or if you are pregnant. In other countries, you can sometimes buy mosquito repellent in concentrations higher than 50 percent of DEET. These higher concentrations do not work better, but they lead to adverse health effects more quickly. This can also lead to sores on your skin. Products containing icaridin contain 15 or 20 percent of the active ingredient. The 20 percent concentration of icaridin is not suitable for children under 3 years of age.

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Use of mosquito repellent during pregnancy

Products containing DEET or icaridin are often not recommended for use during pregnancy. Research has not yet sufficiently shown that these products are safe to use. In the Netherlands, it is wise to stick with this. However, in some countries, mosquitoes transmit dangerous diseases. There, the risks of potential side effects from DEET or icaridin may not outweigh the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. There are no studies showing that DEET is a carcinogen.

By: National Care Guide