Every imaginable baby-friendly hacks for mozzies

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Follow these steps to prevent mozzies from bothering your child.

Summer is in full swing and that means mozzies bite your precious toddler in the middle of the night, while walking through the park and during their afternoon nap. What can parents do to protect their children from these annoying insects? Continue reading …

Avoid mosquito repellents and electric burners / mats

When it comes to repellents, the main chemical you’re trying to avoid is DEET, which is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents (when reading product labels, look for N-diethyl-meta -toluamide or diethyltoluamide). But even so, the American Academy of Pediatrics has always given DEET the green light for infants over two months old! So it’s really not a train smash to use, if nothing else seems to be working.

Go for products with 10-30% concentrated DEET when possible (although in India I happily used 100% DEET, which is potent enough to be used in chemical warfare). When it comes to plug-in electric burners / mats / steam release devices, some studies have shown that the fumes emitted can cause respiratory problems, eye irritation and allergic reactions. But again, no conclusive decision anyway, and many pediatricians recommend using them.

Is citronella essential oil safe?

There are some concerns about the use of lemongrass essential oil. Although natural, you should not apply lemongrass essential oil directly to your baby’s skin or near your baby’s eyes, nose, or mouth. In some studies, citronella is known to cause skin allergies or irritate a baby’s airways. Do not use essential oils on or around your baby if he has a history of asthma or difficulty breathing. That said, lemongrass is a main ingredient in many approved products available for use on babies (when used correctly). If you are concerned, consult your baby’s doctor before using lemongrass.

Go for natural alternatives

For moms and dads who want to avoid chemicals, you have the following options:

  • Natural repellents to apply to the skin (safe for use from three months)
  • Electrical options without chemicals
  • Physical barriers such as mosquito nets, mosquito nets, fans / air conditioning
  • Essential oils and perfumes (non-cutaneous application). You can buy any of the essential oils at any drugstore or health food store.

How to use essential oils

  1. You can leave any of these in a saucer or bowl near where your baby sleeps, but out of your baby’s reach.
  2. Or apply the oil to a cotton ball and leave it near where your baby sleeps, but out of your baby’s reach.
  3. You can also apply directly to your baby’s pillow or bed sheet (just a few drops). Or dilute in a spray bottle of water and spray on the laundry.

Use these essential oils on their own or mix them together

  • Lemongrass essential oil (always dilute lemongrass oil with another oil or with water)
  • Peppermint oil (also good for keeping spiders away!)
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Vanilla flavoring
  • Leave an open jar of Vicks / menthol / camphor near where baby sleeps, but out of reach

A word about stick diffusers

Mozzies aren’t fans of the vanilla scent, so you can use a vanilla-scented stick diffuser in your baby’s room. As a bonus, the nursery will also smell divinely good!

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