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Midge repellent for babies

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Augustina123 Sat 18-Jun-16 17:39:00

I'm looking for a midge repellent to use for our new baby.

I've done some googling and it seems most insect repellents shouldn't be used for babies under two months. Also, most of the websites were American, hence reviewing effectiveness for insects in general, but not for midges specifically.

Do any of of you have recommendations on midge repellent that is a) safe to use for young babies and b) effective against the Great Scottish Midge?


comeagainforbigfudge Sat 18-Jun-16 17:40:41

Avon skin so soft dry oil spray? No idea if its ok for babies but the great scottish midge doesnt seem to like it 😂

Augustina123 Sat 18-Jun-16 17:43:05

Yeah, we always use Skin So Soft (live in Scotland, albeit not in a midgey area), but apparently, it's not recommended for babies... Thanks though! smile

IveAlreadyPaid Sat 18-Jun-16 17:52:11

The highland soap company do a bog myrtle moisturiser which is lovely and light and repels midgies. It is the bog myrtle apparently!

IveAlreadyPaid Sat 18-Jun-16 18:02:01

Expensive though!

MassiveStrumpet Sat 18-Jun-16 18:16:38

I used to live in the Highlands. None of the usual repellants work on midges.

The only one I ever found that was any good was called Smidge. It's not 100% but better than anything else. Lots of bog myrtle things sold up there.... they didn't work very well.

I would recommend keeping baby under a net whenever possible. Keep moving if you have to carry baby outside... They're slow and can't keep up with you but will swarm as soon as you stop.

They'd catch me and my babies when I had to strap them into their car seats.

Skin so Soft doesn't repel them but will "drown" them. Perhaps try baby oil on exposed skin to reduce bites.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 18-Jun-16 18:18:48

I use lavender oil.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Sat 18-Jun-16 18:52:16

Not on my skin- just rub between my palms and smooth over hair and clothes.

Globetrotter100 Sat 18-Jun-16 18:54:40

Dettol and baby oil. Google this and experiment with skin sensitivity. You can spray on clothing and the smell alone will keep many at bay (also humans wink)

Globetrotter100 Sat 18-Jun-16 19:00:21

Recipe 1. Apparently popular with Scottish anglers.

Same mix recommended by many Australian councils.

I've used this for years and if you're OK with the smell it's excellent (also against ants and sand flies)

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