Easy methods to defend your child from mosquitoes this summer time


April 30, 2020, 7:47:51 p.m.

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From Rajesh Vohra

In the current season and at different times of the year, we hardly have a break when we are exposed to insects such as mosquitoes. But when summer is around the corner, the seasonal transitions lead primarily to an increased spread of mosquitoes.

Babies and toddlers are all the more unprepared to deal with mosquitoes and therefore become easy targets for them. Given the sensitive skin of babies and young children, the mosquito bites can even cause irritation and allergic reactions, as well as long-lasting rashes that can be difficult for parents to manage. In addition, mosquitoes could be a potential carrier of diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya, and malaria.

Particular care must be taken with babies as it is important that they are protected from mosquito bites. To keep your baby safe from mosquito bites, here are some simple steps to follow.

Choose the right mosquito repellent

The best way to keep your little one safe is to simply include a mosquito repellent in their daily regimen.

* Designed specifically for babies: Ideally, you should choose a mosquito repellent that is specifically designed for babies. Given that the baby’s skin is soft and delicate, it is advisable to use anti-mosquito products (gel or spray) with a delicate formulation that will not only protect it from mosquitoes but also be kind to the skin.

* Natural and gentle protection: look for anti-mosquito repellants made from natural ingredients that protect your child gently and naturally without the use of aggressive or aggressive substances.

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* Should Be Safe on a Baby’s Skin: While mosquito repellants are an effective way to keep mosquitos at bay and to protect the baby’s skin from biting, some of these repellants can be too strong on the skin and cause irritation and rashes. It is therefore important to choose a mosquito repellent that has been dermatologically tested.

* Watch out for features like: alcohol-free, extra colors, and synthetic perfumes as these can irritate the baby’s skin.

360 Degree Protection: The mosquito repellent should be designed to protect against almost all mosquitos, including those that spread dengue and chikungunya.

* Avoid using fragrant / perfumed products: mosquitos are not only attracted to dark and light colors, but also to a wide variety of floral and fruity scented perfumes. So it’s best to make sure your baby isn’t wearing them.

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Keep mosquito nets ready for use

Nets can be very effective when used well, and the advantage is that they do not have any negative health effects. If you share your bed with your baby, you can install a large net over your bed to make sure there are no openings. If your baby sleeps in a cot next to your bed, you can also opt for a mosquito net for the cot. You can also use a mosquito net for strollers when you take your baby out in the evening. It would be preferable to use a net made of fine mesh fabric with an elastic edge that will easily fit on the cot. Make sure that no mosquitoes are caught under the net.

Dress for protection

One of the most effective ways to keep your baby safe is to minimize the area of ​​exposed skin. Choose light knitwear and cotton clothing that allow air to pass through while covering your child’s body. Especially towards the end of summer and the first rainy season, when mosquitoes breed most, younger babies can be dressed in body suits that cover as much of their body as possible. For older infants, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and shoes to protect them from mosquitos.

(The author is CEO of Artsana India. With the support of the Chicco Osservatorio Center.)

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