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Buzz Off: 9 Ways to Protect Your Baby & Children from Mosquitoes

It’s important to protect your little one from mosquito bites. Not only are they itchy and uncomfortable, they can lead to skin infections if scratched and can transmit illnesses.

If you’ve despaired at your child covered in welts, worry no more! We’ve explored all the options and here’s our top tips and simple ways to be bite-free!

[mc_block_title custom_title=”1. Protect your children from mosquitoes by: Covering up with protective clothing”]

The simplest way to protect your child is to cover as much of their skin as possible in loose fitting clothing, including a hat, long sleeved top, long pants and socks. Loose clothing means that the extra fabric makes it more difficult for mosquitoes to bite.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”2. Protect your children from mosquitoes by: Avoiding scented products”]

Avoid using heavily scented products on your child because mosquitoes are attracted to sweet scents, as flowers are their main food source.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”3. Protect your children from mosquitoes by: Applying repellent to exposed skin”]

Insect repellent products are effective at deterring mosquitoes, but many are not recommended for young babies and children. One option is to apply repellent to your child’s clothing rather than their skin. Another is to use natural repellent products, which are often based on essential oils. Always read product labeling to ensure that they are safe for babies and young children and wash off any repellent thoroughly at the end of the day.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”4. Protect your children from mosquitoes by: Mosquito proofing your home”]

Make your home mosquito proof by ensuring all doors and windows have screens and that they are in good condition, with no small holes that allow mosquitoes access.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”5. Protect your baby from mosquitoes by: Hanging a mosquito net over the cot”]

Mosquito nets are a good way of protecting your little one while they sleep. They are inexpensive, easy to hang and can be found at most baby stores.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”6. Protect your children from mosquitoes by: Using a mosquito net over the pram”]

Elasticised mosquito nets are shaped much like a fitted sheet and are easy to fit over your child’s pram to provide protection when you are out and about.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”7. Protect your children from mosquitoes by: Creating a safe play space outside”]

If your little one loves spending time outside, a simple way to create safe play space is to hang a mosquito net over a play pen. A net can be easily hung from a tree or verandah, and pegs used to secure the net closed.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”8. Protect your children from mosquitoes by: Mosquito proofing your garden”]

Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so remove any water that might give them a home in your garden. Burning citronella candles nearby can also help deter mosquitoes. Ensure candles are in a safe place that children can’t reach.

[mc_block_title custom_title=”9. Protect your children from mosquitoes by: Avoiding mosquito heavy times and places”]

Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn and often found near water. If possible avoid having your little one outside at these times and places.

Here’s to a bite and itch free summer! If you’ve a tip or trick we’ve missed please share it below!

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I love my three country kids - and all things writing! Like most mums, I wear lots of hats - writer, children's author, organisational psychologist and the pairer of the odd socks!

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  1. Avatar of Blossom

    Dab parts of areas of exposed skin with citronella oil.
    There is a geranium with crinkly/ looks more like a pelogonian (spelling probably not right) that was called “Mozzie Buster” when it was first introduced. You tear the leaf expose sap and rub it on your skin. it has citronella in it. It was originally classed as a hybrid. I don’t know if it still is. If you already have one you can grow more from cuttings.

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