How do you protect kids, particularly newborns and toddlers, from mosquito bites when they are playing outside? Especially when camping, at a park, etc.
Can someone give me some practical advice on how to protect babies from mosquito bites?
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For sleep times you can use a mosquito bed net
To indoor day-to-day use a repellent applyed directly to the skin or a some kind of mosquito indoors repellent
To let him play in the outside be sure to combine a repellent with a sun block
If you live in an mosquito endemic area you can install plastic nets on windows, they keep most of insects in the ouside
Burts bees makes a herbal insect repellent. This would be good for really little babies.
Also Avon makes a product called Skin So Soft that smells nice and it also repels bugs.
These products seem to be a little gentler that Off or some of the hard core bug sprays.
Mosquito netting is one option (set up a tent over them), but it restricts the child to a fairly confined area. This can work fine for a newborn who doesn't move, but a toddler who wants to run and play, not so much.
For mobile children, some sort of mosquito repellent on their body is a better choice. Typically this is a liquid spray in a can; the smell is repulsive to mosquitoes, and they won't bite.
There are a number of commercial "bug spray" products available. Many of them use diethyltoluamide (DEET) as the primary repellent. If the potential side effects of DEET are a concern for you as a parent, alternative products that rely on essential oils can either be purchased or made at home.
Mosquitos – citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, catnip, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, lavender (source, and another home recipe)
In both cases, the mosquitos don't like the smell and stay away from skin that's been sprayed. However, they often still bite through clothing that hasn't been sprayed, or look for untreated skin -- I once had a dozen mosquito bites in a small area of my neck that I somehow missed, with no bites anywhere else.
I personally use an herbal option (not homemade, but still just essential oils) just because we all like the smell better. However, it seems to wear off more quickly and requires application every hour or so to be most effective.