It is essential to protect your children, especially toddlers from mosquito bites and the host of diseases they bring with them. In our country, mosquitoes are responsible for causing dengue, malaria and chikungunya, all of which not only weakens one’s immune system but are considered life threatening. They cause high fever, rashes, and chills, and may weaken the body for months, making the sufferer feel fatigued all the time. But, luckily for us, mosquitoes can almost always be avoided and we can protect our young ones by simply being more cautious and putting in a little effort. We bring to you the ultimate guide to protect your babies from mosquitoes this summer!
1. Protective clothing
This is the first step to keeping your child protected against mosquito bites. Try and minimize the area of exposed skin, that is to cover your child as much as you can, keeping in mind the weather and your child’s comfort level. Less exposed skin will increase the chances of protection against mosquitoes dramatically.
2. Mosquito repellent
Don’t shy away from these! Mosquito repellents are one of the best and safest ways of keeping your child protected against mosquito bites. The great part about them is that you have a wide selection of mosquito repelling items to choose and pick from, like bands, sprays, patches or creams, that fit best to your child’s needs and preferences.
3. Stay clear of mosquito breeding grounds
Mosquitos breed in stagnant water. Don’t let water collect in or outside your homes, in plants, coolers, etc. and always ensure that water tanks are always covered. Also, regularly change the water in containers so that even if mosquitoes lay eggs in them, you don’t give them enough time to hatch. Putting a few drops of kerosene oil in open drains has also been proven useful in killing mosquito eggs. Don’t let water collect in your gardens so that there is no chance pf mosquitoes laying eggs in such close proximity of your home.
4. Mosquito repelling fragrances
You will easily be able to find mosquito repelling incense sticks and candles that have essential oils in them. They will not only keep mosquitoes away, but also make your home fragrant. But don’t completely rely on the natural ones.
5. Mosquito nets and screens
Mosquito nets should be set up around the beds or cots of your babies. The best thing about this method is that there are no chemicals involved, and hence you don’t have to worry about any side effects. If installed properly, they are a very effective method of keeping mosquitoes away. Also, install wire mesh on doors and windows so that fresh air can enter the house, but not mosquitoes!
6. Avoid scented products
Avoid using scented products on your baby, like soap, cream, powder, etc., because mosquitoes are known to get attracted to fragrance. Make sure that you’re either using unscented or only mildly scented products on your young ones.
7. Keep your eyes on the clock
It is a known fact that mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be extra careful at these times of the day so as to give your child the best protection.