Children- Prevention- Oil of Cloves

J Pediatr Nurs. 2012 Aug;27(4):346-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2011.03.011. Epub 2011 May 25.

Prevention of vector transmitted diseases with clove oil insect repellent.

Shapiro R1.

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  • 1Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, NC, USA.


Vector repellent is one element in the prevention of vector-borne diseases. Families that neglect protecting their childrenagainst vectors risk their children contracting illnesses such as West Nile virus, eastern equine encephalitis, Lyme disease, malaria, dengue hemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, babesiosis, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Southern tick-associated rash illness, ehrlichiosis, tick-borne relapsing fever, tularemia, and other insect and arthropod related diseases (CDC, 2011).

Identification of families at risk includes screening of the underlying basis for reluctance to apply insect repellent. Nurses and physicians can participate in a positive role by assisting families to determine the proper prophylaxis by recommending insect repellent choices that are economical, safe, and easy to use.

A holistic alternative might include the suggestion of clove oil in cases where families might have trepidations regarding the use of DEET on children. This article will explore the safety and effectiveness of clove oil and its use as an insect repellent.

Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

PMID: 22703681 DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2011.03.011

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