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Protect your baby or toddler from mosquito bites

Protect your baby or toddler from mosquito bites

  • Dress your child in long, light coloured, loose fitting clothing that covers their arms and legs.
  • Use mosquito-proof mesh on doors and windows so mosquitoes can’t come inside.
  • When outdoors use mosquito-proof netting over prams and strollers.
  • Placing a net over your young baby’s cot is the safest way to protect them from mosquitoes.

Mosquito repellents

  • Under two months old - repellents are not recommended.
  • From two months old onwards - repellents containing 10% DEET can be used.
  • From 12 months old - repellents containing picaradin can be used.
  • From three years old - repellents containing PMD (p-Menthane-3, 8-diol, the active ingredient in oil of lemon eucalyptus) can be used.

Treatment

  • Applying calamine lotion to the area can help relieve the itch. Sometimes an ice pack can help reduce swelling.
  • To prevent infection, try to stop your child from scratching at the bite.
  • If your child has severe swelling and itching around the mosquito bite, this might stop your child from sleeping.
  • You can use an antihistamine to help your child sleep and to relieve itching.

Caution

  • Do not allow children to apply repellents.
  • Roll on repellants are better than aerosols for children
  • Avoid applying repellents to hands or near their eyes or mouth.
  • If repellent is applied, wash the child’s skin and clothes when you go back inside.
  • Always read and follow the instructions on the label, especially for babies and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
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