Mosquito bites are itchy bumps that develop after a mosquito pierces your babies skin, when feeding on your babies blood. Usually, these bumps last for several days, and they will automatically clear. A mosquito bite can cause skin redness, soreness or a large swelling. Despite them being called “bites” a mosquito does not bite. Instead, it pierces. Did you know that it is only female mosquitoes that bite? If you didn’t, not you know. The male mosquitoes get energy from sweet substances or plants nectar. The female mosquito uses the blood protein to produce eggs.
Why are mosquito bites dangerous?
Female mosquitoes carry viruses that can cause infection to the bite recipient. Some infections caused by mosquito bites include:
.Specific type of brain infection (encephalitis)
In babies mosquito bites can result to the following:
.Swollen lymph nodes
.Large section of redness or swelling of the skin
Tips to prevent your babies from mosquito bites
1. Use a mosquito net
Mosquito net is one of the best methods that you can use to keep your baby safe from mosquito bites. To get the best results, always cover the baby’s resting place with a mosquito net. The best aspect of mosquito nets is that they do not require you to use any chemical. They are cheap and easily available. Ensure you treat your mosquito net, after three months of use, by cleaning it with treatment soap and letting it dry under shade. Construct your baby’s bed, playing place or couch in a way that it allows you to hang your mosquito net.
2. Use protective clothing
Did you know that there are certain colors that attract mosquitoes? A good example is black. To keep mosquitoes away from your baby, dress them in light items of clothing that are brightly colored or with flower prints. Also, always ensure your baby’s body is fully covered. The best clothes are full-length garments. Do not use short dresses and skirts. Even when hot, ensure your baby is fully but lightly dressed. Socks are another critical clothing to keep your baby safe from mosquito.
3. Keep your home clean and clear the surrounding
This method may sound challenging, but it is one of the safest methods you can use to keep your baby safe. It is possible to keep your home and the surrounding free from mosquitoes by removing anything that encourages mosquito breeding. Ensure there is no stagnant water, keep your water buckets and drums covered, clear any bushes or grasses around the house and keep your bathroom dry. Avoid keeping water in open places, e.g. flower vases, plant pots, coolers, or in pet dishes.
4. Buy an electric mosquito trap
If your house has a lot of mosquitoes, invest in a mosquito trap. However, you will have to pay more to get this. This trap is made in a way that it creates moisture and carbon dioxide, just as human do. Mosquitoes are attracted to enter the trap and are killed. Placing it for one day, you will find hundreds of mosquitoes dead inside it.
5. Use a mosquito repellent
This is another effective method to keep your baby safe. However, you must be careful. Many of the repellents available in the shops are designed for adults hence not effective for baby’s delicate skin. You can apply the repellent to the baby’s clothing, by applying it on your hands and rubbing it on the clothes gently. Ensure the repellent doesn’t come into contact with the baby’s hands or eyes. This is because; babies are fond of rubbing their eyes or putting the hands in their month. It is not advisable to spray the air, as it may affect the child’s eyes or throat causing irritation.