Mosquitoes and other insects and bugs do not discriminate among infants, adults, or elderly. However, they are most likely to bite and sting infants and children. Mosquito bites can make children miserable because the bites result to itchy, red bumps. In addition, there are some mosquitoes that carry potentially fatal diseases and viruses, such as Malaria, Dengue, and West Nile disease.
Thankfully, there are ways to protect your child from getting bitten by mosquitoes and other insects. One of the best methods is to use insect repellents. However, you must make sure to apply these repellents safely and correctly to avoid skin irritation and other side effects.
Different Types Of Repellents
It is crucial to take proper precautions to protect your child from mosquito bites. Since you can't possibly prevent your child from playing outdoors where they become vulnerable to bites and stings, what you can do instead is to apply insect repellent. This product can prevent mosquitoes and other insects and bugs from stinging or biting your kid. Insect repellents can come in various forms, including sprays, creams, and sticks. Some repellents have chemicals in them while others use natural ingredients.
Chemical repellents with DEET: This is considered as the best type of repellent that can provide excellent protection against insect and bug bites. This product can provide 2-5 hours protection, depending on the DEET concentration present in the product. As a precaution, you must be careful in applying it on your child's skin and clothes.
Picaridin: This is recommended by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other natural repellents, such as products with lemon oil, eucalyptus, or 2% soybean oil. This offers 3-8 hours protection.
Products made from essential oils: You can also look for repellents with natural ingredients. You can look for oils found in plants, such as citronella, eucalyptus, cedar, soybean. These products can provide excellent protection which is comparable to about 10% DEET.
Products with permethrin: Insect repellents with permethrin can kill insects and bugs on contact. This should only be applied to clothing and never directly onto the skin. When you apply this product onto your child's cloth, it will last even after several washings. You can also apply this product to your child's bag, or tent when camping out.
These are just a few of the available insect repellents you can consider. Remember to choose repellents that are safe for children, and follow the instructions listed. In addition, you must never use any form of insect repellents on infants less than two months.