Re: Insect Repellent: etc... (Boys' Life, July Issue)
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 21 Jun 1996 07:53:34 -0400
On Thu, 20 Jun 1996, John E. Campbell wrote:
> Personally, I was most impressed by the sun block idea since experts
> recommend lower concentrations of DEET for children. From what I've read,
> higher concentrations of DEET translates mainly into the longevity of its
> effectiveness. I read somewhere that they don't recommend anything higher
> than a 15% concentration applied directly to the skin of children under 12.
> The sun block idea would slow absorbtion of the repellant into the skin
> thereby allowing the use of a slightly higher concentration.
If you're using a lower concentration DEET formula, but applying it more
often because of the lower concentration, the dose to the young scout is
the same amount - just spread over a longer time period. I don't know
enuf about the metabolism of DEET in the body: whether it is accumulated
or metabolized or excreted rapidly. If it accumulates, then you're not
gaining anything by applying lower concentrations at frequent time intervals.
(Just some basic toxicology)
Paul H. Brown, UC, George Washington Dist, National Capital Area Council, BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City