16 month old Bug repellant?
Amanda - posted on 06/14/2011
I have had a similar problem with the added issue that while I KNOW everyone has a reaction to mosquitoes I've been told my daughter is genuinely allergic to mosquitoes. She gets these HUGE horrible welps about the size of a silver dollar and they have big knots underneath. I asked my doctor what to do and he told me I could get every day spray repellent for adults and spray it on my hands and then wipe it onto her skin. He just told me to keep it away from her mouth, eyes, and hands so that she doesn't wipe it else where. I do it almost all the time now. Especially if we are going to the park or out for a walk and it has helped tremendously. I was however as I read down warned strongly against using anything with deet. I will say my daughter was about 18-20 months when we got this info. Also now they have cartridges that you can attach to their belts and that way you don't have to apply anything to the skin at all. I have never used those however and I can't imagine them staying on my daughter for very long without being lost. lol. Anyway, good luck! Hope you figure something out for the lil ones sake!
Lindsey - posted on 05/29/2011
We live in Manitoba and the mosquitoes here are horrific some years. I do use repellent on my 16 month old son, however I am careful about how/when I apply it. When we are going somewhere where I know the bugs will be bad, I make sure he is wearing long pants and a long sleeve shirt. I also tuck his pants into his socks (we have a tick problem here too). I only apply repellent to exposed skin (except his hands, because they are always in his mouth), and make sure I avoid his mouth and eyes. I don't use any particular brand, but I prefer lotions to sprays (easier to apply), and I make sure it contains DEET. My husband does spray for mosquitoes in our yard as well. If he does get bit, I apply calamine lotion to the bite. Don't forget to wash the repellent off when you come inside. I have a "bug jacket" that was given to me by my sister-in-law, and while I haven't tried it yet, she says it really does help. I hope this helps.
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