How To Protect Babies from Bug Bites How To Protect Babies from Bug Bites
The onset of insect and bug bites is common during the summer months and for appropriate child safety, it is important to protect young children and babies from these potentially nasty hazards. Although most bugs and insects bites will pose no serious harm other than pain and discomfort, there are the occasional little critters that carry diseases which could lead to infection.
Step 1 – Choose Suitable Colors
Dress your baby in light or pastel colored clothes as these will not only keep your baby cool but they will also detract the attention of bees, wasps and mosquitoes. Make sure that the arms, legs and head of your baby are covered as these are the most likely places for insects to bite. If you notice a beehive or wasp nest in your backyard or near to your house, have it removed immediately by a professional. Light clothes will also make it easier to spot ticks which will need to be removed quickly.
Step 2 – Avoiding Danger Areas
Keep your baby away from areas where there are a lot of bees and wasps. Make sure that areas where water collects are drained thoroughly because this is the most common place for mosquitoes to congregate. In particular, old puddles become a thriving community for these pests especially when water begins to stagnate. If you are out and about, cover your baby stroller with a mosquito net as this will prevent mosquitoes from being able to bite your child. At night, ensure that you have a screen for the windows because this will keep mosquitoes and ticks out of the house. You will need to keep the screen in a good condition for it to be useful for your child’s safety.
Step 3 – Use Repellants
Select a suitable insect repellent and try to avoid repellents that have a high use of poisonous chemicals. Instead, look for ones which have a low concentration of Diethyl-meta-toluamide or DEET or even ones which don’t contain any DEET at all. Insect repellent should be applied your baby’s skin on a regular basis as this will provide the best line of defense. There are also certain repellents which can be applied to your babies clothing and other items such as the stroller and linen for additional child safety precautions. These types of repellent are more appropriate for the prevention of ticks. If you want to use a more natural bug repellent, try putting a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender in water and applying it to your babies skin.
Step 4 – Understand the Risks
Try to gain some understanding of the bites that your baby might be susceptible to and the best ways to treat them. Although most wasps, bee and mosquito bites are fairly harmless and will simply result in a slight redness and swelling around the bitten area, some babies could develop a fever, skin rash, have swollen glands or shortness of breath and wheezing which could be the result of an allergic reaction to the bug venom. In these circumstances, you will need to seek medical assistance immediately.