Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Day 120 - Bugger off

Today's Tip - Protect your baby from mosquitos with insect repellent

Now that mosquito season is in full force, you'll want to protect your little one from those whiny bloodsucking creatures. They can carry blood-borne diseases like malaria, which isn't that common in the western world, and West Nile Virus, which can be more of a problem.

When you're looking for repellent, its important to note that you can use a repellent with DEET as long as your baby is older than two months. Just don't put it on their hands, head or face. Look for an insect repellent with a DEET concentration of around 10%.

Only put the repellent on exposed areas of skin. Spray it on your hands, then rub it on your baby. Don't apply it on cuts and scrapes, and it's probably a good idea to wash off your baby's skin when you head back inside.

You should always send them outside in light weight clothing that covers as much skin as possible. And try to go for neutral colors, and bright colors and flower prints attract those winged vampires.

If you don't want to put DEET on your kid, there are some non-DEET products out there, like Little Forest Bug Block. Give it a try and see if it works.

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