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Are Chemical Mosquito Repellents Safe For Children?

Parents are very cautious when it comes to preventing their kids from catching any type of disease. They take all the necessary precautions and sometimes overdo their care. When it comes to mosquitoes, there is only so much we can do to prevent bites and further complications, but we try our best.

We apply thousand of mosquito repellents, burn millions of coils and purchase other gazillion electronic equipment that repels mosquitoes or keeps them at bay. All these things have chemicals in order to perform their duty and may be harmful to your children as well as to your health if not used with proper care.

Coils or Plug-in Mosquito Repellents

Mosquito repellent coils, when burned multiple times over a period of time cause air pollution and harm the respiratory tract. Children are more prone to catching diseases or infections because of this than adults. The side effects caused by the smoke include – headaches, coughs, sore throats, nausea, and dizziness.

In the long term, there could be a possibility that your kids catch – allergies, asthma, persistent wheezing, and respiratory irritation. If you are using coils or a plug-in device, try to follow these small tips:

- Follow the instructions on the package very carefully.

- Keep your children in another room while the coil is burning, and after the coil has completely burned, open windows for ventilation and switch on the exhaust to let out the fumes.

- Keep coils or plug INS near doors and windows to block the entry of mosquitoes and flies, rather than placing them indoors near your family members.

- It is strictly advisable to not sleep in rooms with plug-in repellent or a burning coil.

- Most importantly, keep burning coils away and on a higher platform so that your children do not get any burn marks in case they happen to stumble across it. Also, make sure that these coils are away from clothes or wooden furniture since even the smoke has the capability of catching fire onto things.

- Make sure your children do not play with coils or plug-in devices as they can be toxic if consumed.

- Install mosquito nets on windows and door screens instead of burning coils in your house or using plug-in repellents.

Mosquito Repellent Creams

All of us should be extremely careful while applying any product on our skin, especially in case of children since their skin is sensitive and vulnerable to chemicals. People are very careless when it comes to mosquito repellent creams and forget to do their research prior to making a purchase decision.

You should ideally choose a repellent that has no more than 10% to 30% concentration of the component DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). Go for even lower concentrations if your kids are going to be out only an hour or two at the most. Repellents with DEET, although approved for application on the human skin, should not be used more than once a day and that too only if absolutely necessary.

Children below the age of 2 years should not be exposed to any kind of mosquito repellents, be it creams, coils, plug-in devices, etc.

So parents, do your research before buying a mosquito repellent the next time and don’t be under the impression that all creams are good creams and all coils kill mosquitoes, they could harm you as well.

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