Mosquito bites can be very common among young children with the itchy red bites being easily scratched open by little hands, which can lead to scabbing, scarring, and skin infections…
To keep mosquitoes at bay, look for a mosquito deterrent that offers long lasting protection for your children. But be careful – not all deterrents are created equal! It is important that you find one that works the best for your family.
The majority of deterrents on the market at the moment are chemical-based products that can cause skin irritations, allergic reactions and require reapplication every 30 minutes or so. With many brands using DEET (Diethyltoluamide); a strong pesticide intended to kill insects, countless Australians are seeking natural alternatives that are gentler on the skin without lowering their level of protection. After all, do you really want those sorts of chemicals seeping into your child’s delicate skin?
To keep your children safe from mozzies all year round, we’ve outlined some simple tips for a natural and alternative approach to repellents:
1. Cover up
The key to avoiding mozzie bites is to not give them anything to bite! Covering up can be hard in the warmer months, but by encouraging your children to wear light loose fitting clothing you’ll be helping to protect their skin from being a mozzie’s next meal.
Loose fitting clothes or muslin wraps are great in the heat as they breathe and will help keep the mozzies astray. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker colours, so wearing light coloured clothing will protect children and babies more effectively.
2. Using mozzie nets over beds, cots and prams
As the nights become warmer and more humid, mosquitoes attack many children during their sleep. Mosquitoes are so tiny and can often fly through security screens on windows and doors, making them an unwanted intruder in your home.
Protect your family whilst they sleep with mosquito nets; essential in providing protection and reducing discomfort caused by biting insects. Mosquito nets come in a variety of shapes and sizes and if they do not reach the floor, they should be tucked under the bed, allowing for full protection from pesky mozzies throughout the night.
Unlike other mosquito deterrents on the market, Para’Kito is one that you’ll use time and time again. As an 100% natural and eco-friendly insect and mosquito deterrent, Para’Kito’s secret is in the active pellet that conveniently slips into a wrist band or clip whilst diffusing a blend of 7 essential oils extracted from plants including lavender, geranium, citronella, pine tree, patchouli, clove and peppermint at a continuous rate for 15 days.
These oils mask the presence of humans from mosquitos around the clock for 15 days straight; essentially making the wearer invisible. Para’Kito is a naturally safe alternative to other products on the market as it has no direct contact with the skin and leaves no noticeable odour like other deterrents on the market, making Para’Kito ideal for children, babies , expecting mums and allergy sufferers.
4. Empty pools of water
Mosquitos breed in still water and are attracted to hot and moist climates/areas . Take a look around your backyard and empty all paddling pools, pet drinking bowls, birdbaths and pools of water.
Once children are done playing outside in paddling pools, immediately empty the remaining water, to reduce the risk of mozzies within your backyard.
5. Avoid peak mosquito times
Most mosquitos are night biting insects and are most active around dusk, dawn and early evening.
Try to discourage your children from playing outdoors at these times, or if it’s not possible, make sure you limit the amount of time your children spend outdoors at these times and remember to cover up and use your deterrents!
Babies & Toddlers is working with Para’Kito this month and is giving away a Family Pack of 100% natural anti-mosquito products worth nearly $100. For your chance to win, go to the competition page and tell us in no more than 25 words why you don’t like mosquitos.