Summers bring back the infamous guest of all times – the uninvited mosquitoes. Their signature buzz and the painful burning bites are enough to induce fear. They are also the carriers of some of the most deadly diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fever.
We as parents, worry endlessly to safeguard our babies, who by no means can protect themselves. However, the good news is that with certain measures, these pests can be kept away and our babies can be safe.
Intrigued? Read on to find out more!
- Install Mosquito Nets and Meshes.
Simple and cost-effective mosquito meshes are your best bet to shield and create a no-mosquito zone. With no side effects, this time-tested method never goes wrong. Get to work, and cover all doors and windows with nets and screens of nylon or wire mesh. Seal all gaps to keep those pesky mosquitoes and bugs out!
Another idea is to limit the nets only to the baby’s sleeping and play areas.
Cover your baby’s stroller, carrier or car seat with elasticated mosquito netting to be mosquito free – on the go.
- Dress Suitably.
Mosquitoes get attracted to human body odour! Avoid very thick materials because they’ll make your child sweat more. Choose light, airy cotton clothes covering your little one’s skin entirely, while avoiding shorts, skirts and other dresses.
- Use Mosquito Repellents.
Some mothers prefer completely natural mosquito repellents like applying coconut oil on baby’s skin, burning camphor or rosemary in the house or using lavender sachets around the baby’s sleep areas. These are good for babies under six months of age for whom no commercial mosquito repellent should be used.
However, for older babies, choose effective mosquito repellents that will mask the human smell. Always go for natural products, with no chemicals, like the Natural Mosquito Repellent (DEET Free) from The Moms Co. This product is 100% natural and is loaded with the power of five natural oils such as- Citronella, Lemongrass, Eucalyptus, Cedarwood and Soya Oils.
- Pest Control.
Regular spraying or fogging must be carried out to do away with existing mosquitoes and other pests.
Simultaneously, clear the areas around the house and get rid of empty tins, trash, puddles and garbage containers that can collect water. Water in bird baths, inflatable pools, fountains, indoor plants and vases must be changed frequently.
Stagnant water is an excellent breeding ground for mosquitoes. Add kerosene oil to open water spaces and ponds, that creates a layer on the water surface preventing breeding.
- Get Nature to Protect with Flowers and Plants.
Own a garden? Manicure the lawns regularly and trim the plants. Unkept foliage is an ideal place for mosquitoes to breed in.
Grow Holy Basil or Tulsi, Mint, Clove and other similar plants in the garden, whose strong odours are averse to these little bullies.
Scented Geraniums, Marigolds, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Lavender are some of the options you can consider inside your house.
- Aroma Therapy.
Use candles, incense sticks and oil diffusers with natural oils and fragrances such as mint, cloves, anise, citronella, lemongrass, eucalyptus, neem and lavender, etc.
Regular use of these products will ensure an amazingly fresh and aromatic house devoid of mosquitoes. However, exercise caution & keep them out of children’s reach.
- Limit the usage of Products with Fragrance.
Use less of highly perfumed products for the baby such as oils, creams, baby washes or products with fruity scents. Apart from loud, dark colours, mosquitoes also get attracted to strong smells.
While keeping your baby safe, also gather knowledge about the different diseases that the deadly mosquito bites can bring about, the symptoms, vaccinations and their treatments. Stay safe and prepared, with our tested tips and remedies to keep your baby safe and protected.
Fear no more for it’s now time to fight back!