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When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call Poison Help. Get help right away from a local poison expert.

If someone is unconscious or has trouble breathing, call 911.


Pesticides or Pest Killers

Pesticides or Pest Killers

How much DEET is harmful for children?

Most products that keep insects away contain DEET. DEET is safe if the right amount is used properly. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using products with no more than 6 to 10 percent DEET on children. Adults can safely use products with up to 30 percent DEET. Always read the label before using any bug repellent. Some products contain 100 percent DEET.

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