Parent’s guide to mosquito repellents

by Ila Asthana

Expert 04Prevention is always better than cure. Mosquitoes are the most dangerous insects and it is vital that we take precautionary measures to stay healthy

The Monsoon season has set in; with intermediate rains showering the delight of the cold and coziness to the mood. A comforting respite from the hot summer that had prickled our lives. Yet, these rains also bring lots of worry to the doting mothers. The stagnating water on the roads, brings home masses of mosquitoes and in turn waterborne diseases. In short, a health menace and a case of discomfort. So this Monsoon, we present to you a small and quick guide about the use of mosquito repellents and a few home-based precautionary methods which you can adopt to keep yourself and your family infection-free.

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Prevention is always better than cure. Mosquitoes are the most dangerous insects and it is vital that we take precautionary measures to stay healthy. Some of the common diseases are Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya, Stomach Flu, Diarrhea, Viral Infections, etc.

Below are a few home based common ways of dealing with this hazardous pest.

1. Dengue:

Remember, you do not have a vaccine available in the market. Hence, make the required efforts needed to keep your child away from dengue. It is scary to see your little one fighting the dengue fever. A common monsoon disease caused when bitten by the infected ‘Aides’ mosquito.

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  • First & Foremost, never allow any stagnant water in and around your house.
  • Throw your organic garbage outside every day, specifically in the Municipal Bins.
  • A clean, dry and hygienic home is the need of the hour.
  • You can also burn camphor in the evening for 15-20 minutes to get rid of mosquitoes.
  • Keep a Tulsi Plant in near the window to get rid of mosquitoes.
  • Use of mosquito repellent such as Picaridin as it offers protection from the pest.
  • Bath your baby twice a day with lemon Eucalyptus Oil.
  • Intake of lots of organic juices is a must.Mosquito Repellent 03

2. Malaria

Did you know the virus of Malaria is carried by the female anopheles mosquito, which is an evening and early morning biter? Yes, the mosquito attacks when your child is sleeping. Hence it is a very common waterborne disease. This starts with severely high fever, body pain, and cold and sometimes leads to jaundice and diarrhea. Below are some of the measures you can adopt to prevent malaria.

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  • Cover your child with protective and light clothing and do not allow them play outside after the sunset.
  • Use of bed nets must be adhered.
  • DEET – Is a most commonly used safe mosquito repellent which you can spray outside the premises of the house.
  • Avoid areas where malaria and mosquitoes are present if you are at higher risk (for example, if you are pregnant, very young, or very old).
  • Permethrin is a mosquito repellent that can be sprayed onto the clothes, however its best to consult the pediatrician before its use.Mosquito Repellent 05

3. Chikungunya: 

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine yet for Chikungunya, which is caused when bitten by Chikungunya infected mosquitoes. Pain in the joints for several months is experienced by the victim. This disease can be prevented by following some of the measures:

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  • Discard stagnant water of any kind to obstruct the breeding of these mosquitoes.
  • Perform a general deep cleaning activity in and around your house and community.
  • Did you know fish are a great way of keeping mosquitoes under control? Yes, have a fish pond at home.
  • Get Fabric agents that contain mosquito repellents.
  • Use mosquito repellent lotions for children. Ensure it does’nt cause skin irritation.
  • An ELISA Blood test is advised if you have the slightest joint pain.Mosquito Repellent 07

Besides this, use fragrance-free baby products, apply mosquito repellent creams, wash and sanitize your hands and the baby’s with a sanitizer, give your child lots of liquids and always have a small medical kit at home for immediate assistance. Consult your doctor before giving medicines for your child.



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