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How to Protect Your Child From Insect or Bug Bites

By Edited Jan 3, 2014 0 0

 

Insect or bug bites are very itchy, and they can be unsightly and unpleasant to look at. But most importantly, bug bites can lead to health problems and complications, especially when the bites become infected, and if the bites transmit serious diseases. One of the most common insect that can spread diseases through their bite is the mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are associated with potentially deadly viruses and diseases, such as West Nile disease, Malaria, and Dengue Fever.

It is very unfortunate that these insects tend to bite anyone one of any age. Generally, infants and children are more likely to get bitten by these insects. If you are concerned for your kid's welfare, you need to follow these important steps to shield your child from mosquito bites.

Initial Steps To Getting Rid Of Mosquitoes At Home

  1. The first thing you need to do is to look around your home and property. Watch out for any stagnant water in your yard. Mosquitoes breed in still, murky, and dirty waters. For this reason, you have to get rid of any sources of standing water, such as empty bottles, cans, tires, bird baths, trays beneath flower pots, and pools.

  2. You can also apply pest control at home; however, it is advisable to use natural and green pest control solutions. This way, you can minimize the toxic gasses released in the air and prevent potential side effects that might affect you and your family.

Easy Steps To Avoid Mosquito Bites

Your Child Must Wear Protective Clothing. It is advisable for your child to wear light-colored clothes. Light colors deflect the heat and won't attract mosquitoes and other insects. Additionally, make sure to cover your child's arms and legs with clothing. You can make them wear long-sleeve shirts and pants, and socks to help reduce the chances of getting bitten.

Apply Insect Repellent On Your Child's Body And Clothing. You can apply the insect repellent onto your hands and gently rub it onto your child's skin. You can also use a spray solution and lightly spray it onto their clothing. You can use repellents with eucalyptus oil, geraniol, and picaridin. As a precaution, you have to keep it away from your child's hands and eyes as this solution may cause irritation.

  • DEET Option: Insect repellents that contain DEET can provide your child with the best possible protection against mosquitoes and other insects. However, experts advise to use repellents with no more than 10% DEET when used on infants and children. This is because DEET is absorbed into the toddler's skin and too much of it can be harmful.

Use Mosquito Nets. You can look for regular mosquito nets available in your local stores. Place them over your child's car seat, bed, stroller, or other areas where your child might spend time in. It is also advisable to put these nets over your infant's crib to keep him or her safe when she sleeps.

 

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