Choosing a safe mosquito repellent for infants - A baby can not tap a mosquito that wants to bite it. Therefore, mosquito repellent is very important to prevent the child from mosquito bites that can cause serious diseases such as dengue fever. But you must be careful because of not all types of mosquito repellent safe for babies.
Applying insect repellent to infants should not be careless. There are active ingredients and certain doses of insect repellent that are not applied to the baby's skin.
Active ingredients that are often used in mosquito repellent is DEET. This is a substance that is considered most effective to ward off mosquitoes perch on the skin. Unfortunately, infants aged 2 months and under should not wear the mosquito repellent containing DEET.
Other active substances that should not be used by infants with such age include bicaridin, IR3535, eucalyptus lemon oil. For a mosquito coil containing eucalyptus lemon oil, it is only allowed to apply it to a small skin when aged three years and over.
For dosage problems, do not select mosquito repellent containing DEET of 30 percent or more. The dosage is not recommended for your baby. Moreover, the high level of the active substance in mosquito coils is not related to the effectiveness of the substance in preventing mosquitoes. For example, 10 percent of DEET repellents are effective in preventing mosquito bites for two hours, while a 24 percent content lasts up to five hours. Both doses are effective
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Tips on applying insect repellent to babies
do the instructions below to ensure that the child safe from the sting of mosquitoes and substances contained in the mosquito repellent.
- Avoid applying mosquito coil around the eyes and mouth of the child.
- Use enough mosquito repellent in the ear area
- You should only use mosquito repellent on the exposed skin area. Closed skin part of the clothes does not need the mosquito repellent.
- Avoid applying mosquito repellent if there is infection or injury to baby's skin.
- Keep food while applying mosquito repellent.
- Do not wear sunscreen containing DEET because sunscreen needs to be applied several times.
- Do not let your child play or bite the mosquito coil bottle
- Stop use if irritation occurs on baby's skin.
While your baby has not been allowed to use mosquito repellent, you can prevent mosquito bites by wearing clothes that cover the entire skin.
Avoid also floral dress, Do not use soap or lotion that smelled because the fragrance can attract the attention of mosquitoes. Put a mosquito net on the bed you can also try.