How to protect children from mosquito bites

To reduce the risk of mosquito bites, you can do a lot for your children. First of all, it is not true that repellents can not be applied to the skin of young children: what matters is to choose the right product for their age and follow some safety rules.


With the heat, and especially the humidity, in the summer season, the problem with mosquito. Unfortunately sticks they are not only annoying but can also be a vector for various diseases including West Nile fever and Zika virus. It therefore becomes important to protect oneself, with greater attention to children. What can you do?

Protect children from mosquitoes

Use repellents

THAT deterrents they are not badly seen by parents, but you must learn to buy according to the age of the child (and in any case within 3 months they are not recommended). For each of them there is the right product:

  • From 3 months to 2 years: the active reference ingredient is citridiol
  • From 2 to 12 years: you can use a repellent based on icaridin
  • From 12 years: DEET is approved. The effectiveness of this drug depends on the concentration: 10% DEET provides protection for approx. 2 hours and 30% off DEET and about 5 hours. Concentrations above 50% of DEET do not provide additional protection. You can then select the lowest and recycle it according to the time you spend outdoors. So be careful because they are not recommended for children’s products with concentrations greater than 30%.

How to apply repellents

First of all, choose the appropriate repellent for your baby’s age and skin, then read them carefully labels With’instructions for use. How much should you apply for? Quantity enough to cover your baby’s clothes and bare skin. Using more does not make the deterrent more effective. As soon as possible, wash your children’s skin with soap and water to remove any substances when they get home, and wash their clothes before using them again.

So remember some rules:

  • You should avoid getting the repellent in the baby’s eyes or letting it inhale it
  • Never apply repellent to babies under 3 months. Use a mosquito net over baby carriers or strollers when you are outdoors
  • Avoid using repellent on children’s hands as they sometimes put them in their mouths and eyes.
  • Avoid repulsive candles, which can cause breathing problems when the vapors are inhaled.
  • Never spray insect repellent directly on the baby’s face. Instead, sprinkle something on your hands first and then rub it on your baby’s face. Avoid eyes and mouth.
  • Do not spray insect repellent on cuts, wounds or irritated skin.
  • Do not use products that combine DEET with sunscreen. These products can overexpose your child to DEET because the sunscreen needs to be applied frequently, every 2 hours in the sun and after swimming or sweating.

Natural insecticides

The ingredients “natural“are considered as insect repellents lemongrass, geranium, peppermint And soybean oil. Most of these drugs keep insects away for only a short time, but you need to be very careful as some can cause skin irritations. And thank you, also repellents based on plant extracts need to be verified that they are “registered” products.

Tips to protect your baby

There are not only deterrents protect the child from bites. It is also important:

  • Avoid areas that attract insects, such as trash cans, standing puddles, and flower beds or orchards.
  • Dress your baby in long pants, a light long-sleeved shirt, socks and closed shoes when you know he will be exposed to mosquitoes.
  • Avoid dressing your baby in bright colors or floral prints as they seem to attract insects.
  • Do not use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your baby as they may attract insects.
  • Use mosquito nets and fans in outdoor dining areas.
  • Keep mosquito nets on doors and windows in good condition. Remove any external places with stagnant water where mosquitoes can multiply.

Sources | Up; Baby Jesus

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