A Complete Guide to Preventing Mosquito Bites (Plus Tips to Fade Mosquito Bite Scars)
By : Priyanka Verma
The rainy season is the most awaited time of the year as it gives some respite from the scorching heat but it also brings with lots of infections and mosquitoes. The humid weather is the perfect environment for mosquitoes to breed. The exposed parts of children’s skin are the easiest targets and it is not uncommon to find mosquito bite marks on other covered areas as well. Mosquitoes spread vector-borne diseases like Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, Elephantiasis and much more. As there is no antiviral drug or vaccination available for these diseases, PREVENTION IS THE ONLY CURE.
Just the thought of a mosquito bite is enough to scare anyone. Although most mosquito bites and their scars resolve on their own, they cause a lot of irritation. Children are more prone to mosquito bites as they have sweet blood and mosquitoes get attracted to their smell. Along with kids, parents also need to protect themselves from mosquito bites because these diseases are contagious and your child can catch them from you as well.
Here’s what you need to know to prevent your child from getting mosquito bites:
- Mosquitoes are most active during the early morning hours and in the evening. So, try and avoid going out during these hours and keep your child occupied at home with other toys so that he/she doesn’t go out to play. Keep windows and doors closed to deny access to mosquitoes.
- Mosquitoes and other insects are attracted to dark colors. Avoid dressing your child in blacks and greys and don’t wear them yourself. Dress up your child in light-colored clothes.
- Most of the times, your child will get a mosquito bite on the exposed parts of the skin. Try and dress up your child in full-sleeved clothes with pants or slacks.
- Mosquitoes either breed in dirty water or clean water that is stagnant. Do not allow water to stand in and around your house. Keep water filters covered and empty the water from water coolers.
- Lights such as yellow light and fluorescent light also catch the attention of mosquitoes in the evening. Keep these lights turned off as much as possible.
- Avoid going for a swim during the rainy season since it has stagnant water and an open ground for mosquitoes to breed.
- In order to protect yourself and your kids from mosquito bites while at home, you may use a Homemade Mosquito Repellent, which is really easy to prepare and will help to keep mosquitoes at bay while you’re in deep sleep.
- You can’t prevent your child from going out completely and you shouldn’t stop him from attending school. Make use of anti-mosquito patches to prevent mosquito bites. Although you can find various mosquito repellent patches in the market, we recommend BodyGuard Premium Natural Anti-mosquito Patches. Unlike other mosquito repellent patches, these are DEET- free patches and are completely safe to use on children.
These are prepared with natural ingredients such as Citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, and mint oil and they are effective for 12 hours. They do not contain any chemicals and safe to use for all age groups.
- For older children and yourself, you can use BodyGuard Premium Anti-mosquito Bands. The BodyGuard anti-mosquito band is made up of silicone and it contains Natural citronella essence, which helps to keep mosquitoes at bay.
The band can be used to keep mosquitoes away for approx. 40 hours. One may wear the band in mosquito-infested areas and store it in an airtight pouch when not in use. This helps to increase the life of the product. It is the best way to protect yourself and your active child from mosquitoes when outdoors.
- Keep your surroundings mosquito-free by using BodyGuard Herbal Anti-mosquito spray, which is also free of chemicals and DEET. It can be sprayed in the corners of the bed, ceiling and near window panes and it is also safe to spray on your clothes and your skin.
The BodyGuard insect repellent has been prepared with herbal extracts and essential oils, with a base of aloe vera and that’s what makes it safe to use on your skin.
The 5 Most Common Places where you must SHIELD your child from Mosquitoes are:
- School – This is a child’s second home, the place where he/she spends a lot of time. Since there are lots of open spaces in schools, a lot of mosquitoes can be found in the classrooms, playground, and washrooms. In spite of ventilation and cleanliness, mosquitoes seem to find a way.
- Parks – The place where your kids love to hide is also the best hideout for mosquitoes – behind the bushes! Greenery and plants attract mosquitoes a lot and parks are full of them. Just walking barefoot on the grass can leave your child’s foot with various bite marks. Children love to play in muddy puddles and water – again a place where mosquitoes breed the most. You can apply a mosquito repellent patch on your child’s clothes in the park and in the school to prevent mosquito bites.
- Activity Classes/Clubs – Most mothers take their child out for activity classes such as dance classes/storytelling, skating and swimming etc. at sports complexes and clubs. There are lots of trees and open spaces in these complexes and this makes a great place for mosquitoes to stay. In fact, a swimming pool with clean stagnant water is the best place for the Aedes mosquito to breed. The bite of an Aedes mosquito leads to the most dangerous mosquito-borne disease – DENGUE! Save your child from mosquito bites by making him wear an anti-mosquito band.
- Weddings – Nothing can be more irritating than seeing your child dressed in beautiful ethnic clothes with mosquito bites on the face! Nowadays most weddings take place at farm houses. Again, these are open spaces with lots of sumptuous food. Here, one can also find some stagnant water and dirty spaces behind the main premises where mosquitoes can breed.
- Carnivals – Kids love to go to carnivals and enjoy rides. Unfortunately, the washrooms in such places aren’t kept as clean as a home and thus a lot of mosquitoes are found here. Most carnivals are held in parks and they have a lot of greenery along with dirt and filth with open dustbins. That’s where mosquitoes get the place to stay! Make use of a good mosquito repellent to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Why do Mosquitoes bite Babies the most?
- Baby Toiletries – The stuff that we use on babies, the baby lotions, creams, and powders are usually perfumed and this is what attracts the mosquitoes. One should try and use fragrance-free products for babies.
- Exposed body parts – The uncovered parts of an infant’s body are the easiest targets for mosquitoes. Even if it’s hot, make your child wear some loose clothing but make it a point to cover him as much as you can.
- Moisture and sweat – Stagnant water in plants, beautifying show pieces like waterfalls and wet clothes are places where mosquitoes are able to breed. Sweat on your baby’s skin also attracts mosquitoes. Try and keep surfaces dry and wipe your baby’s sweat with a clean and dry hand towel.
- Uncovered meals – The sight and scent of food is really intriguing for mosquitoes so you need to keep all your food covered.
How to prevent scarring if your child gets a Mosquito Bite?
Nothing is more annoying than waking up and finding your baby’s face full of ugly mosquito bites? When mosquitoes bite babies, one can see small red bumps along with swelling around the bite and rashes. In severe cases, the infant may also experience vomiting, fever, and pus. Babies may not get to know when the mosquito bites, but they feel the itch and have the urge to scratch their skin. This makes the scars worse and blackish bite marks appear on the skin of the baby.
Eliminating Bite Marks with Home Remedies
Sure as hell, you want to get rid of those blotchy marks that are making your child’s skin look awful. Here are a few ways to eliminate bite marks:
- Antihistamine cream – Any mild antihistamine cream is very effective in relieving itching and swelling on the baby’s skin.
- Lacto calamine – This soothing lotion helps to alleviate the pain and also lightens the rashes on a regular application.
- Listerine – Take 1-2 spoons of Listerine mouthwash and dilute it with water. Use a cotton ball to dab it on the affected area. It has a very cooling effect.
- Lemon juice – Dab a few drops of lemon juice on the affected area and wash with warm water after 15 minutes. If the child gets irritated, wash off immediately.
- Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe Vera gel has a very cooling and calming effect and its healing properties will help to fade away the stubborn bite marks.
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