Posted on Jun 12, 2021
Mosquitos are on the way; and, with all the rain, we can expect a healthy population! Mosquitos can cause a variety of problems: itching, discomfort and with scratching, bites can lead to infection. There are some great options for preventing mosquito bites and warding off some misery.
DEET: Sounds like a scary name for a chemical we can put on babies as young as two months. But DEET has been extensively studied and consistently shown to be safe and effective as a mosquito repellant in children. Recommended concentrations of 10-30% provide great protection with 30% lasting around five hours.
Picaridin or Lemon Eucalyptus Oils: Studies have shown that these two alternatives can be as effective as 10% DEET and therefore last around two hours. Re-application is important if you plan to be outside longer than two hours.
Here are some important facts about applying insect repellent:
- Spray a thin layer over clothes and exposed skin. Thick layers do not make it more effective.
- Use your hands to apply repellant to the face rather than directly spraying.
- Spray in open areas to avoid inhalation, as much as possible.
- Assist young children with application to ensure coverage and safety.
- Avoid combination sunscreen products because reapplication of sunscreen needs to be done more frequently.