Mosquitoes and children: how to defend them and remedies

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How to prevent mosquito bites? The first mosquito protection? It is environmental. The main rule is to try to prevent 'close encounters'. How?



Let's find out more about mosquitoes and children. 

In this article

  • How to defend the baby from mosquitoes 
  • Remedies for sting

How to defend the baby from mosquitoes

To prevent the mosquito bites all environmental protections must be put in place for children:



  • placing geranium plants on the window sills, which have a smell that is not very pleasant for mosquitoes;

  • avoid stagnant waters, for example in plant saucers, which are the favorite habitat of mosquitoes;

  • light citronella candles;

  • ok also to electric plates or pyrethrin-based anti-mosquito spirals, which, however, can only be used outdoors or in well-ventilated areas;

  • place mosquito nets in front of the pram or cradle, which let the air through but not mosquitoes;

  • installing mosquito nets at home: there are also 'portable' ones, inexpensive and perfect to take on vacation, as they adapt to the size of the windows. (Read also: Holidays with children. Let's pack your suitcase)

 

And what can be applied to the baby's skin?

"As a general rule, the fewer products we put on children's skin, the better"emphasizes dermatologist Magda Belmontesi." There are repellent products based on plant extracts, such as lavender and geranium, and free of chemicals, which are however contraindicated for the little ones: we can use them when we go for a walk or are at dinner out, but not for constant use. And it is important to avoid the area of ​​the hands, which children could bring to their mouth, when ingesting the product ".

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The mosquito stung the baby. How to remove the annoyance?

"If the mosquito has already bitten the baby, we can apply a soothing and moisturizing cream, which has a mild refreshing and anti-itch effect "continues the dermatologist.



"If the discomfort is more intense, one can be used instead antistaminic cream, so as to prevent the little one from scratching and getting injuries that could become infected.

To use on the other hand, cortisone ointments are sparing, which for a mosquito bite is a bit much.

 

When the sting is in a delicate area

If the puncture has targeted a particularly delicate area, such as the eyes or the lip, it could easily cause swelling: in this case it is good to consult the pediatrician, who may recommend an ophthalmic antihistamine eye drops or antihistamine drops for the mouth ".

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Questions and answers

What can be applied to the baby's skin to protect it from mosquitoes? 

As a general rule, the fewer products we put on children's skin, the better. There are repellent products based on plant extracts: we can use them when we go for a walk or we are out for dinner, but not for constant use. 

A mosquito has bitten the child: how to relieve the discomfort? 

If the mosquito has already bitten the baby, we can apply a soothing and moisturizing cream. If the discomfort is more intense, an antihistamine cream can be used instead.

What to do if a mosquito has bitten the baby in a particularly sensitive area?  

If the puncture has targeted a particularly delicate area, such as the eyes or the lip, it could cause swelling: in this case it is good to consult the pediatrician, who may recommend an ophthalmic antihistamine eye drops or antihistamine drops by mouth.

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