Published By: Ishani Karmakar

Handy Tips To Protect Your Child Against Mosquito Bites

Children are especially vulnerable to mosquito bites during the monsoon. Follow these 7 steps to deal with them and prevent them from happening.

Each year during the monsoon season, the number of cases of mosquito-borne illnesses including chikungunya, dengue, malaria, and fever rise. Infants and children are especially vulnerable because they spend so much time outdoors playing and because they lack the physical resources to protect themselves from insects. Therefore, parents should exercise caution when deciding where their children will play or even just staying at home during the monsoon. In order to safeguard your infants from the bloodthirsty mosquitoes, it is crucial that you arm yourself with the appropriate knowledge. Consequently, it is essential to recognise the bites and administer the appropriate treatment

In children, mosquito bites can cause the following symptoms:

Once bitten, you'll notice a little red lump, which will soon be accompanied by discomfort and itching. The enlarged lump may darken or harden over time. It might be difficult to tell the difference between a mosquito bite and another bug bite, especially if both cause a red lump and discomfort.

Even more alarming, mosquito bites have been linked to allergic responses in certain people. Due to an allergic response, a child's skin may develop what looks like many lumps after being bitten by a mosquito. Rash, bruises, and significant swelling are other possible side effects. To avoid it, parents should only apply insect repellent to their child's skin once he or she has reached the six-month mark.

Ways to protect your infant from mosquitoes

The itch that develops following a mosquito bite can linger for many hours, which is quite irritating for both the infant and the parents. It is therefore crucial to take the below measures to manage and protect the infant against mosquito bites:
  • Keep youngsters out of locations where there are lots of mosquitoes, such as ponds, gardens, and outdoor play spaces.
  • Keep the house free of mosquitoes and other insects by closing the door and windows tightly.
  • Children should always be properly attired (long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and bug repellant) and supervised when playing outside or even indoors. In addition, you may use a fabric spray or mosquito patches to protect the youngster from mosquitoes.
  • Put up a mosquito net so the bugs don't bother the youngsters while they're sleeping.
  • Netting may be installed across doors and windows to protect against mosquitoes, which is especially important if you want to leave the windows open at night.
  • If you must dine out, stay away from outside eateries, especially at night. Avoid mosquito bites by staying indoors in hotels and eating at restaurants.
  • Slather your child's face, hands, and legs in bug repellent before sending them outside.

Instructions for treating a mosquito bite:

To begin, use some soap and water and start washing away the grime. A cold compress can be applied to the area to help minimise edoema. Apply an anti-itch or antihistamine ointment purchased with a doctor's prescription to alleviate the itchiness.