Insect Repellent – What Every Mama Needs to know

After the icy cold weather that keeps us inside, we cannot wait to go out and enjoy spring. But like all mamas out there we always get anxiety when we step out the door for a walk, with a baby in a stroller or a toddler in our hand, to face all the flying and jumping little pests that can’t wait to take a bite.
You guessed it – Insects. These flying and crawling little pests can just mess up our whole day. But what is a mama to do? What is the best way to protect our little ones? Is there a safe mosquito repellent for babies? How do I know what is safe? What is DEET? And why is DEET free bug spray the better option?

Tips for going outdoors with little ones
If your baby is still in a stroller and you’re out for a walk and you know you will not need your baby out of it, then the best option here is to cover the stroller with a fine mesh that allows air and sunshine to go in but keeps those pesky critters out.
Another tip is to avoid having them in clothes that expose too much skin and don’t put them in sandals that make it easy for insects to crawl on their feet.
Try to avoid areas that are known for being humid or that have puddles around. Mosquitos tend to flock around those areas and kids can’t really resist jumping in a puddle.

But let me give you some mama to mama advice about the above tips;
A mesh cover is not for all babies especially older ones; some just don’t like having something blocking their vision when they are out, or some are just too fussy and keep pulling at it, and because of their thin nature they are easily ripped.
When the weather gets hot it’s hard to keep the little ones all covered up and it’s especially hard to keep them in socks and shoes all day. And being around a pool or a lake is inevitable, and the humidity is something no one can really escape.
And that is why we really need mosquito repellents for babies! Ones that are safe and natural and are a DEET free bug spray are a must!!

What is DEET?

DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide) is a smelly colorless liquid chemical found in insect repellents. It is used in products to prevent bites from insects such as mosquitoes, biting flies, fleas and small flying insects.
Scientists haven’t proven how DEET works but they have associated it with nasty side effects; such as skin irritation, redness, a rash, and swelling. People that have accidentally swallowed products containing DEET have experienced upset stomachs, vomiting, and nausea. In some cases, it was also associated with seizures.
Health Canada has recommended that DEET not be used on children younger than 6 months of age. The AAP (American Association of Pediatrics) has also recommended that DEET should be applied no more than one time per day for children and that products used on children should have the lowest DEET concentration available, and preferably no DEET at all. Both Health Canada and the AAP have cautioned parents not to use DEET on the hands of children and to avoid applying it to areas around children’s eyes and mouths.

The issue here is that the efficiency with products containing DEET depends on the concentration of it – the lower the concentration the more times it needs to be applied. Which makes it useless to use on babies and kids all together, let alone not safe.

For more info on DEET usage recommendations by Health Canada click here Insect repellents, Health Canada.

As a Mama of two nature-loving girls myself, I know the anxiety your feeling, and I am telling you the answer is here! Using natural DEET free bug spray is the way to go. You can apply it as much as you want on any part of the body as many times as you want and not have nightmares about potential accidents and chemical consumption, that would spiral into a very bad chain of events.

An all-natural mosquito repellent for babies is your best friend during the seasons you want to be outside but need to protect your little one’s skin from bites.
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