That’s a great point. While experts have mixed opinions of how safe it is to use peppermint essential oil around young children, I believe in erring on the side of caution.
That’s why none of the suggested recipes for kid bug sprays on this page use peppermint.
If you're concerned about the possibility of your kids inhaling bug spray as you apply, try this petroleum-free balm instead. It's easier to control, especially on the face, since you always want to make sure you avoid the eyes and mouth area. Plus, it lets you get to those hard-to-reach spots, like behind the ears.