As soon as your little one begins to walk, they want to explore the great outdoors. Being a parent, you want to watch their little face light up with each new discovery. If you are keeping a close eye on them, what could go wrong, right?
The first time you bring your toddler in after an outing, the only thing you will expect to find is a sleepy angel. On the contrary, you'll more than likely find mosquito bites scattered from her head to her toes! This is scary for any parent who knows the dangers of one mosquito bite.
Dangers of Mosquito Bites
For those who don't know the dangers, mosquito bites can be deadly! According to Fox News.com, mosquitos can transmit dengue fever, chikungunya, malaria, and the most common - West Nile Virus.
Many parents don't realize that symptoms of these can show up two days to two weeks after a mosquito bite! The good news is that the stress of watching for the symptoms to show in your child can be prevented with a little DEET-free mosquito repellant. If your child never gets bit, you'll never have to worry.
If your child has been bit, look for these symptoms:
- body aches
- or other flu-like symptoms
Best Mosquito Repellant for Toddlers
The best mosquito repellant for toddlers (or any age) is one that is safe. That's right, many mosquito repellants can harm you too, so stay clear of any that contain DEET. Check labels for DEET before purchasing any repellants for your child or yourself.
Believe it or not, many of the top brand mosquito repellants contain DEET such as: Cutter, OFF!, Repel and many others. Some are made almost entirely of DEET making them very dangerous especially when applied several days in a row.
So, what is the best mosquito repellant for toddlers?
A certified organic, natural, alcohol-free mosquito repellant that is 100% free of DEET is the best.
Other Ways to Prevent Mosquito Bites
Along with choosing a safe mosquito repellant, there are other ways to help prevent mosquito bites. One way is to make sure the yard around your home is well drained. Mosquitos multiply in standing stagnant water.
Keep doors closed except when leaving or entering your home. If you need to leave the door open, opt for a screen door or a special screen that is specifically designed to keep out unwanted pests.
Make sure window screens are free of rips and tears as mosquitos can enter the home easily through them.
Guinea fowl can eat hundreds of bugs daily and can help keep mosquitos under control around your home as well. Before choosing guinea fowl, you need to know that these birds need lots of room to roam and are not suited for city life. If you live in the country, these birds may help out greatly.
For more information about the dangers of DEET and how you can protect your family, contact us.
Note: For small children, women who are pregnant or think they may be pregnant, and those who are breast feeding, always consult your doctor before using any type of repellants.