The rainy season invites many pesky insects which are harmful to your toddler. These insect bites result in redness, swelling and irritation and cause a great deal of worry for you.
Tropical climate like that of India’s, invites a lot of insects especially mosquitoes and flies in rainy weather.
With the onset of monsoon you must be surely wondering, ‘how to keep my child away from these pesky insect bites?’
Mosquito bites can be problematic as they can cause dengue, chicken guinea, malaria and encephalitis. In this post, you will come across some really helpful measures to help your child have a safe fun- filled monsoon this year.
Remember, “Prevention is better than cure.
Here are the list of measures to be taken to keep mosquitoes and insects away:
- MAINTAIN HYGIENE
The primary measure needs you to check the hygiene standards inside and outside your house. Follow this checklist please:
- Ensure there is no water stagnation anywhere around the house to avoid breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- The garden or yard area needs to be well maintained with grass and plants trimmed and weeds removed.
- The water storage vessels need to be appropriately maintained.
- Change vase waters, pet drinking bowls regularly.
- Fix the leaking taps if there are any.
- Make sure the drainage system outside your house is clutter-free and water is flowing freely through it.
- Ensure ample sunlight and fresh air gets in the house during daytime.
- The insects, especially fly and mosquitoes, get attracted to dirt, dampness, and filth, so you need to maintain neatness everywhere.
- Shut the doors and windows in the evening hours to not let mosquitoes in. Use mosquito mesh if possible on all the windows and keep the doors closed.
- Another essential point to note is to use covered dustbins as uncovered dustbins invite a lot of flies and insects.
2. HERBAL REMEDIES
Using strong chemical insect repellent applicants can prove harmful to your child, and is not the best choice to make for long-term use. Given the same, herbal remedies are a much safer bet and are equally effective.
Let us check out some herbal formulas which are strong insect repellents.
a. Citronella oil: Citronella Oil is a naturally found essential oil that is a strong mosquito repellent and has no harmful effects. The oil is extracted from an Asian Lemon Grass plant in the Cymbopogon genus.
This oil has been used as an effective insect repellent remedy in China and Indonesia for ages. This oil comes with multiple benefits, which are listed as follows:
- Effective insect repellent
- Effective antifungal agent
- Heals wound faster
- And, most importantly, this oil has no side effects.
How to use:
- You can apply citronella oil directly to the exposed areas.
- Or, mix a few drops with skin lotion or coconut oil and apply it.
- You can even mix it with water and spray it all over your body.
b. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil is another powerful herbal insect repellent that is readily available in the market. Try crushing a Eucalyptus leaf; you see a strong-smelling extract in your hands; it is the eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil is readily available in the market or online.
How to use:
- Add about 10 to 15 drops of oil to one cup of water in a spray bottle. Make sure to shake well before use to help the oil mix with water. Spray this liquid all over your child’s body to keep insects at bay.
- Add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to any carrier oils like coconut oil, mustard oil etc. Apply it in all exposed parts of the body to repel insects.
c. Mustard oil with Neem oil
Neem oil is a popular Indian repellent used to keep kids protected from mosquito bites.
All you need to do is take some mustard oil, mix some neem oil in it, and apply it wherever needed.
Alternatively, you can take a few neem leaves and boil them in mustard oil. Strain the mixture when the oil has cooled down.
Neem oil has multiple benefits. It is antiseptic in nature as well as it also repels the mosquitoes.
d. Coconut oil with camphor
Just crush some camphor and mix it in coconut oil (at room temperature without heating). Your potent insect repellent is ready.
Apply it all over your child’s legs, hands and neck whenever they step out to play.
e. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is also supposed to be a very effective mosquito repellent. You can directly apply the pulp of the aloe vera leaf or can buy an aloe vera gel from the market.
A small tip here is to add a few drops of Citronella oil or eucalyptus oil in the water for sweeping the house. The smell of these oils keeps the insects at bay.
3. BATHE YOUR CHILD WELL
Humid weather is very sweaty and may cause allergies and fungal infections. To check this, you need to bathe your toddler well with soap at least once every day. Also, make sure to apply moisturiser after bath.
You must ensure to wash the creases of the body well.
Special attention needs to be given to washing armpits, neck, genitalia etc.
You may consider adding a few drops of Neem oil to your child’s bath as it is a natural cleanser and an insect repellent as well.
4. LEMON, NEEM AND GARLIC
You could put some garlic, Neem leaves, or lemon in the room as these are effective mosquito repellents.
The smell of these natural things acts as a repellent for insects.
5. LIGHT-COLORED CLOTHES
Since your child is an easy target, it is necessary to cover the child in the light-coloured clothes.
Dark colour clothes attract mosquitoes.
6. TABLE FAN
It is necessary to use fans where ever you are sitting.
Fans help to keep the mosquitoes away.
These were some of the measures that are necessary to keep the insects at bay during the monsoon.
The first and foremost thing is to maintain good hygiene standards to ensure your family’s safety. So, enjoy the monsoon to the fullest while ensuring your family’s safety.