Mosquito Bites

Raminder - posted on 09/17/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hello Everyone,



I have a question on Mosquito Bites...

I am going out of country (India) for five weeks and a little scared from Mosquito Bites on my 7 year old daughter and 6 month old son. Any suggestions on what should i buy to prevent from Mosquito Bites? Before and After? I really appreciate everyone's help.



Thank you,

Rami

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Julie - posted on 09/17/2010

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We use Avon Skin so Soft . It really works, it's a little oily but washes off with soap when we come back in and shower. ALso rubbing a Bounce (fabric softener) sheet on arms, legs and face deters them AND takingone Vitamin B-1( Thiamine Hydrochloride 100 mg.) a day something in it causes your skin to release an oder that the bugs dont like but we cant detect.
these are tips from my friend who travels alot overseas...she also brings a net to sleep under!!!

Kate CP - posted on 09/17/2010

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Rosemary and citronella are natural bug repellents. You can go to a local health food store (Whole Foods) and see if you can find something there that's gentle and effective.

September - posted on 09/17/2010

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FYI: Deet is not good for small children and babies so I would avoid deet. I use a bug spray that is made by Jason (it's all natural) and I like the Bert's Bees sting ease to use on the bites. I would go with something all natural especially with your 6 month old. Enjoy your trip!

Sherri - posted on 09/17/2010

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Bug spray with deet in it. Just keep it away from the babies face and hands.

Jocelyn - posted on 09/17/2010

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Olive oil works. Weird I know. The mosquitoes will still land on the skin, but they won't bite. Just remember to reapply quite frequently. As for after (if they get a bite), a dab of tea tree oil works to stop the itch and prevents it from getting infected.
I've never been to India, but this works for mosquitoes in Alberta :P Hope I helped a bit!

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Raminder - posted on 09/18/2010

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Thank you for all your help everyone!
I will look into all suggestions made by you ladies.
Have a great day!
Xoxo

Sherri - posted on 09/17/2010

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If it doesn't have deet it will not work so honestly I would check with your pediatrician and see if it would be okay. I was told it was fine for a child over six months in small doeses but to be sure go with recommendation of your dtr.

Alison - posted on 09/17/2010

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You might want to go to a travel clinic to get advice on this one. As a back-up ask your pharmacist.

Louise - posted on 09/17/2010

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You can use a product called Jungle gel which which you can buy at a chemist in the form of a cream or a spray. I am not sure if you can use it on the baby. I would put a small amount on his thigh and see if he reacts whilst your still at home to make sure you wont have a problem in India. Also make sure the whole family sleep under a mosquito net at all times and use plug in mosquito repellers in the rooms. Mosquitos tend to stay near water and swarm after rain so take extra care then. I would also talk to a doctor about innoculations required for the entire family and tablets for Malaria which can be very serious. All in all if you follow god hygiene rules and boil all water before drinking then you should be fine. Have a wonderful time what a fantastic opportunity.

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