Bug bites can be the nastiest thing that can ever come across your baby, and they really hurt! It will make them uncomfortable and thus, get irritated and have a lack of sleep. Don’t worry, we’ve got your covered – here are some tips and tricks on how to prevent baby bug bites:
A good baby dress would be something that has long sleeves or overalls. This is especially the case if your baby needs to sleep in a place where bugs are likely to be around (especially mosquitoes). You can also add socks and a hat, since babies need a lot of protection for their head as well, especially during the late hours.
Additionally, wearing bright prints can actually attract insects. So if you want the best protection for your baby, wear darker colors and those without colorful prints for now.
Clean Stagnant Water
Stagnant or standing water is a likely breeding ground for mosquitoes, which you don’t want to touch your baby. Eliminate or replace frequently all instances of standing water in your home or area or cover them properly. Examples would be planters and your pet’s water bowls.
Did you know that perfumes and sprays can actually attract insects? This is why there are special baby products that contain no fragrance at all – it is best recommended to use them if you have a lot of bugs in your area. Not only that, harsh chemicals might also irritate your baby, so it’s probably better to stick to a fragrance-free formula while they are still young and sensitive.
Limit Outdoor Time
Let’s face it – the outdoors is a great way to expose your child to the wonders of nature. But don’t overdo it! By afternoon, bugs and insects such as mosquitoes can already be lurking around, so you should make sure your child gets indoors before that happens to avoid such bug bites. Dawn and dusk are the most active times for mosquitoes and most baby-biting bugs.
It really pays to install a screen system on your windows and doors, especially if you live in a tropical area where it’s really hot indoors and you need ventilation but also want to keep the bugs out. Screens can prevent a great deal of damage from bugs –, especially mosquitoes. Just make sure that your screens are properly maintained and are durable so that no holes will let the insects in.
Use Insect Repellents Responsibly
Babies over 2 months are okay to be applied with anti-mosquito lotions that contain DEET (N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide). However, DEET can be harmful when sprayed in excess, so make sure you only limit its use to once a day. There are many mosquito repellents today that do not contain DEET at all yet can repel such insects from harming your baby (or child).
Other insect repellent ingredients that are common would be I5353 and Picaridin. Take note that although there are many “organic” essential oils like citronella, lemon, eucalyptus, soybean, and cedar that claim to repel insects, they may not be suitable for your baby because they can potentially be a skin irritant for those who are under 3 years of age.
Invest in a Mosquito Net
Mosquito nets or mesh nets are popular in tropical regions of the world, especially those in rainforests or near the beach, due to the likelihood of mosquito attacks after sunset and before sunrise. Mosquito nets are important for babies living in this climate. They provide your baby with great protection, a good night’s sleep and a comfortable breeze due to still being breathable with its mesh holes.
In addition to that, you can also install a custom mosquito net over your stroller or baby carrier, aside from using it in your baby’s bedding. This can help your child sleep comfortably even when they are outdoors or traveling with you.
Steer Clear of Garbage Areas
We all know that any dirty area, such as a corner with trash cans, can attract insects and the like. Make sure your baby stays away from these areas so that they don’t come in contact with bugs. Additionally, certain flower gardens and bushes can also attract bugs like bees and other insects, so it’s best to keep your child away from them if you see a lot of bugs out there.
Prevention is always better than the actual cure. Always stay alert to your surroundings in case you are traveling outdoors with your baby, camping or simply staying at a place that you know will have a lot of insects. It also pays to know which times of the day the bugs are likely to attack so that you can quickly get your baby back to safety indoors.
We hope you enjoyed these tips on how to prevent baby bug bites! Which one would be your favorite and why?
This article is written by Sophia Nguyen, from www.healthybabyhappyearth.com