6 Options for Protecting Children against Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes are a nuisance, but they can also be dangerous. The CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that mosquitoes cause about 100 million cases in the United States annually, including about 1,000 deaths from diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. They can be painful and itchy, but not everyone knows the potential health risks. Mosquito bites are caused by an arthropod known as Aedes Aegypti or yellow fever mosquito. These mosquitoes are found primarily in tropical climates, breeding during the day and sleeping at night. Find below some ways you can protect your children against mosquito bites.

1.   Use A Mosquito Net Over Your Bed And Sleep With The Net On.

Mosquito nets are excellent for protecting yourself and your family from mosquito bites. They can be used in various ways, including covering your bed or sleeping on the floor.

Mosquito nets help prevent the spread of diseases like malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus by blocking mosquitoes from entering the body when they bite you. They also keep them away while you are sleeping so that they don’t come into contact with other parts of your body, such as lips or eyes that could cause infection if there weren’t any barriers between them and their natural host: human skin!

2.   Use Mosquito Repellent

Mosquito repellent is an important part of preventing mosquito bites. Look for a product that contains DEET (diethyltoluamide), picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus. These are the most effective ingredients for repelling mosquitoes and other insects with their chemical scent.

Apply the repellent according to manufacturer instructions on your skin at least 30 minutes before going outside; reapply every 2 hours if you’re not swimming or sweating heavily. If you have sensitive skin—or want to avoid any potential irritation—try rubbing a small amount into your hands before applying it elsewhere.

3.   Light-Colored Clothing

Wear light-colored clothing, long sleeves and long pants that cover the legs to reduce exposure to mosquitoes when outside. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so wearing light-colored clothes will help protect your skin from being bitten by these pesky insects. If you must wear dark colors, use a repellent with DEET on your skin before going outside.

4.   Wear Appropriate Clothing While Outdoors

Wearing long sleeves and pants will protect your skin from insects outdoors. You should also wear light-colored clothing that covers the legs, which will help keep mosquitoes from biting through it.

5.   Use a Repellent That Contains DEET

DEET is the most effective repellent. It can be applied to your skin, clothes and gear to repel mosquitoes, see the website here. It should be applied at least 30 minutes before outdoors to avoid skin irritation or allergic reactions. If you have sensitive skin, apply it only indoors and remove any excess before entering an area where mosquitoes may be present (e.g. a park). You’ll need at least one hour of protection from DEET based on an average application rate of 15% (1 teaspoon per 5 lbs. or 2 oz. body weight).

Repeat applications every day if necessary — especially after swimming or sweating heavily — until no longer needed for up to two hours after being exposed outdoors wearing light clothing without protective clothing layers overtop; this will depend on how long it takes for them.

If you are using other chemicals, make sure they don’t interfere with its effectiveness by adding them at different times during the day rather than all together because this could cause problems like nausea/vomiting due to their interaction with each other.”

6.   Clean Up Any Standing Water Where Mosquitoes Can Lay Their Eggs

Standing water is a mosquito’s favorite place to lay eggs. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, such as ponds and puddles, so you can help minimize the risk of mosquito bites by cleaning up any standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.

While it’s true that not all mosquito bites are dangerous–you’re more likely to get sick from some other type of insect bite or illness than from a mosquito bite–it’s still important to protect yourself against these little bloodsuckers whenever possible.

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