The role of anti-mosquito drugs is very important to prevent mosquito bites which can cause serious illnesses such as dengue fever. But you must be careful because not all types of anti-mosquito repellent are safe for babies.
Applying anti-mosquito drugs on babies should not be careless. There are active ingredients and certain doses of anti-mosquito repellent that are not safe applied to the baby’s skin.
Choosing Anti-mosquito Medication
The active ingredient that is often used in anti-mosquito drugs is diethyltoluamide or DEET. This substance is considered the most effective way to ward off mosquitoes alight on the skin. However, infants aged two months and under may not take anti-mosquito repellent containing DEET.
Other active substances that should not be used in infants of this age, including picaridin (has the same effect as DEET), IR3535, and eucalyptus lemon oil. Special anti-mosquito repellent containing lemon eucalyptus oil, you are only allowed to rub it on your skin when he was three years and over.
Anti-mosquito dosage also needs to be considered. Do not choose anti-mosquito repellent containing 30 percent or more of DEET. This dose is not recommended for your child. Moreover, the high or low concentration of DEET is not related to the effectiveness of counteracting mosquitoes.
For example, anti-mosquito repellent containing 10 percent of DEET effectively prevents mosquito bites for two hours. While the content of 24 percent can ward off mosquitoes for up to five hours. Both measures are equally effective in preventing mosquito bites. The difference only lies in the period of protection.
Tips for Applying Anti-Mosquito Medication to Infants
Perform instructions for use below so that your child is safe from mosquito stings and substances contained in anti-mosquito repellent.
- Avoid applying mosquito repellent around the eyes and mouth of your child.
- Use mosquito repellent to taste in the ear area.
- Give anti-mosquito repellent on your baby’s clothes, and also on the skin that is not covered by clothes.
- Avoid applying anti-mosquito medication if there is an infection or injury to the baby’s skin.
- Keep food when applying mosquito repellent.
- Do not use sunscreen which also functions as an anti-mosquito repellent, because sunscreen needs to be applied several times.
- Do not apply mosquito repellent to your baby’s palms, because your little one likes to put their hands in their mouths.
- Keep your little one from playing or biting the mosquito repellent bottle.
- Stop using if irritation occurs on the baby’s skin.