How to Keep Your Child Safe From Mosquito-Borne Diseases

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Mosquitoes are known to transmit fatal blood-borne diseases from one victim to another. These insects are a huge health hazard and are responsible for spreading diseases, including dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. Although most of these mosquito-transmitted diseases are not common in certain regions of the world, mosquito bites can still present a huge problem. This is because infants and children are the most likely victims of mosquito bites.

Infants and children are not preferred by insects and bugs, but these little children are unmindful of their presence; thus, they become easy targets for bug and insect bites, especially from mosquitoes. The best way to prevent children from getting bitten by these pesky pests is to be vigilant, especially when your child plays outdoors. More importantly, you must also learn the dangers of mosquito bites, and how to prevent it.

Why You Should Protect Your Child From Mosquito Bites

You child is enjoying some fun outdoor activities during the summer, when mosquitoes decided to take a bite from his chubby little thigh or arms. The usual reaction that your child might experience when bitten by mosquitoes is a local skin irritation that is red and very itchy. If your toddler keeps on scratching the bite area, it can lead to infection.

Aside from the usual reaction, did you know that mosquitoes pose more serious threats to your child’s health than an itchy bite area? These pesky insects can carry a wide array of fatal diseases that can put your child’s life in danger.

West Nile Virus: This disease is considered as a seasonal epidemic in North America. This disease becomes an epidemic nearly every summer; thus, everyone- especially children, must take precautions to protect themselves from this disease. This mosquito-borne disease leads to brain inflammation which can be fatal for most patients.

Dengue Fever: This disease is very common in tropical countries, and it usually comes from a certain type of mosquito that is very active during the day. Dengue fever has no vaccine; thus, it is vital to protect yourself and your children. The patients with this disease become sick for a few days then suffer from fatal blood disease.

Yellow Fever: Mosquitoes that are carrying this disease are usually found in South America and Africa. Thankfully, this disease has a vaccine. If a person becomes a victim of this mosquito-borne disease, he/she will suffer from fatal health complications. For this reason, it is best to get immunization shots before you or your child comes in contact with these mosquitoes.

Malaria: This virus is found in different countries around the world. A lot of people suffer from this disease every year, and at least a million people have died because of it. This is especially dangerous for children who are infected. Symptoms of this disease includes: body aches, fever, coma, and death.

How To Protect Your Child From Mosquito Bites

Clean your property and household: The best way to protect your child from dangerous mosquito bites is to keep your home environment clean. You can keep the mosquito population in your home under control by making it difficult for these insects to breed. For instance, you have to empty any containers of still water, such as bottles and cans. Additionally, you have to make sure that your gutters and drainage pipes don’t hold water.

Try to keep your child indoors during peak biting times: Most mosquitoes are very active at dusk; thus, you must try to avoid letting your child play outside during such hours. As an additional tip, you can also dress your child in light-colored clothing and avoid making them smell like flowers or nectar as this scent will attract insects and bugs.

Apply a safe and effective mosquito repellant: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends parents to apply insect repellant on exposed areas of their child’s skin. These insect repellants are effective because they have an active ingredient known as DEET. This chemical is very effective against mosquitoes. You can look for an insect repellant with 10% DEET if you are thinking of applying it on your child; however, infants under two months of age must not use any insect repellant. Additionally, if your child had used DEET, he must take a bath or shower at the end of the day.

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This is a guest post.  Kris Lim is a mother of one who knows the dangers that mosquito bites pose on children. For this reason, she offers information regarding mosquito-borne diseases, and tips on how to protect your child from mosquito bites. She also regularly contributes to professional pest control companies, such as Insight Pest Solutions.

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