How to prevent mosquito bites in kids?

Mosquito bites, apart from causing itching and discomfort, may also contribute to diseases such as malaria. It is only the female mosquitoes that bite as they require human blood in order to lay eggs. When a mosquito bites, it injects saliva, which keeps the blood and proteins in the blood from clotting. In this manner, it allows for a free flow of blood into its mouth.

Mosquitoes may be attracted by the smells of perfumes, body odor and sweat. Shampoos, soaps and colognes which are very fragrant and pleasant-smelling usually attract a lot of mosquitoes. The basic steps that one can take to prevent mosquito bites is to wear lighter colored clothes as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. Natural colors such as khaki are most likely to not attract mosquitoes. Also, it is best to cover the body as much as possible, so as not to leave any part of the skin exposed to mosquitoes. Mosquitoes generally come out during the nighttime and so you can ensure that the child does not go out during that time. In case of outdoor activities such as campfires or cookouts, it is important to keep the area well lit with lanterns and candles. You may also use mosquito repellent, but ensure that you only spray it on the clothes of the child.

There are many other remedies that have been suggested and recommended for preventing mosquito bites. Applying vanilla extract to the skin and clothes is believed to keep mosquitoes at bay. Some even suggest that vanilla extract be dabbed on the pulse points. Mosquitoes are repelled by the smell of garlic and hence garlic paste or powder may be applied on the skin. Essential oils such as lavender, citronella, eucalyptus, thyme and tea tree oil may be applied on the body. There are also particular types of plants that can be used to keep mosquitoes at bay. These include catnip, marigolds, citronella, lavender and basil.

Water provides a breeding ground for mosquitoes and water that is left stagnating in puddles and buckets may pose a huge risk. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in the water bodies, thus leading to a spread of more mosquitoes.  The most effective way to prevent mosquito bites is to use a mosquito net. This is an especially good option for infants and small children. It is also believed that intake of vitamin B1 helps to prevent mosquitoes from biting.  Vitamin E is also effective for keeping mosquitoes away. Raw vinegar applied on the skin repels mosquitoes because of the strong smell.

answered by G M

Mosquito bites are preventable, atleat when awake! Try these tips:

  • Wear full sleeve shirts and light colored long trousers, so that there is no space for them to bite.
  • Keep the drainage clean.
  • Avoid host animals, such as cats and dogs.
  • Do not allow stagnant water to remain near your house.
  • Apply a mosquito repellent when going out.
  • Intake of garlic capsules / greater doses of Vitamin B1 is seen to have effect. But, the latter is recommended after taking your physician's advice.
  • Close the windows and doors in the evening.If you want them to be open, keep them meshed / netted.

answered by r k

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