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4 W’s Of Choosing A Mosquito Repellent

The festive season is here and the kids are jumping around in joy and ardent fervor in anticipation of the celebrations to come. While their innocent but crackling bursting energy is enough to keep most parents on their feet, this time around it’s the fear of dengue that’s making parents uneasy. The excitement is here to stay like every year, only this time around it has a sprinkling of caution to go with it.

Here’s a quick class on the 4 w’s of choosing the appropriate mosquito repellents to ensure a dengue safe festive season for the kids:

Which mosquito repellent products: When it comes to kids, its best that natural mosquito repellents be preferred for regular use. Chemical repellents are known to cause side effects like neuro-toxicity, birth defects, irritation, etc. Chemical repellents should be a last resort and used only when visiting a place with heavy mosquito infestation or when a natural repellent is not handy.

Mosquito repellent bands, patches, candles, nets, incense, coils, mats, vaporizers, creams, gels, lotions, sprays are available in the market and can be chosen to suit one’s needs. Nets are best when the child is sleeping, mosquito repellent bands and patches are good for use both indoors and outdoors. Sprays, lotions, gels and creams are good as long as the kids are not sweating or playing around in the rains. Candles are good for outdoor use. Coils, mats and vaporizers should be avoided in closed rooms as they are harmful for kids.

What should the mosquito repellent contain: When using a natural mosquito repellent make sure that the repellent uses essential oils and not extracts of plants as the extract is not sufficiently effective. If at all using a chemical repellent, ensure that it contains between 30 to 50% DEET for kids above 2 months and adults. Regular and excessive use of chemical mosquito repellents should be avoided.

When to use mosquito repellent products: Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk. Kids and adults alike should be using mosquito repellents at these peak hours, especially during the mosquito season. Kids should be using a suitable mosquito repellent at all times when playing outside. Nets are the best for  use at night if you stay at places with heavy mosquito infestation. When the kids are out for Navratri or bursting crackers during Diwali its best to use patches and bands.

Why mosquito repellents: The answer to it is the simple fact that one million people die worldwide every year due to mosquito-borne diseases. Dengue outbreak or no dengue outbreak mosquito stings hurt and itch to say the very least. The fact that mosquitoes spread diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya are all the more reason to keep kids mosquito safe all year round.

While keeping kids mosquito safe is no rocket science, keep in mind our 4 w’s to keep the kids mosquito safe and happy this festive season.

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