Protecting Babies from Bug Bites

It’s cruel and inhumane to keep your baby and children in giant, plastic containers whenever you take them outside during the summer months. Bubble-boys are so ’90’s. The deal is, how do you keep your little loved ones from getting bitten by bugs when they’re outside during the insect season?


Your favorite Alabama pest control friends have found that the major culprits are mosquitoes. Not only do these blood-suckers stick-it to the parents and grandparents, but children are susceptible to getting snipped. Mostly by these tiny, syringe-tipped, flying beasts, creators of itch-producing bumps. They likewise can infect us with the West Nile virus. Or worse, malaria.

Prevention Keys

Sure, you could buy an infant-sized NASA space suit at The Gap for Babies. Big issue here is the company doesn’t make them. Let’s get practical:

  • This one is very obvious. Don’t let your babies (or anyone for that matter) hang around places where there are a lot of mosquitoes. That means stagnant water and wooded areas. Sitting water is where these biters breed. Use the math: A female mosquito can lay 250 eggs which will hatch in about a week. Got anything in the yard that collects rainwater? Empty them ASAP. Things like small wading pools, garbage cans and their belly-up lids, even children’s toys.
  • Purchase some mosquito netting. Whenever the infant is in its stroller or car seat, snuggly place it around the frame to protect the baby from flying intruders. It’s also a good idea to cover the crib when they sleep with the netting.
  • This one is a little tricky. Insect repellent can be used on the kid’s clothing, but their skin may be a different story. Especially for the very young. Certain products which contain oil of eucalyptus, geraniol or picaridin are fairly safe. Just make sure you keep this stuff away from the baby’s hands and eyes.
  • There’s DEET that is the best for adults. But the American Academy of Pediatrics warns that any solution that has more than 10% DEET is bad for the child. And don’t over-apply. If your infant is under 3-months old, forget DEET entirely.
  • Do not ever put DEET under your baby’s clothing. Since the substance is absorbed by the skin, a child can actually get an overdose of the stuff.
  • Want to stay away from chemicals altogether, try the natural essential oil route. One such product called Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Bug Repellent and it’s USDA certified. This nice smelling substance will stop scourging, biting and stinging insects. It is free of any DEET whatsoever. It’s “green,” too.
  • When you dress baby, use clothing that will protect the child’s body. Super-important: The child’s arms and legs need to be covered. If it’s too hot outside, a simple rule — Don’t take the baby outdoors. Sun stroke and overheating are just as bad as a mosquito bite. If you must venture into an exterior space, light colors refract the heat. But stay away from prints and bright colors. That will attract the buggers.
  • Lastly, check around the house. See any openings or ripped window screens? Fix it! Some like to leave the windows open at night for the child. A better approach is to invest in a small fan and shut the room from the outside world.

Enjoy the outdoors without putting your child in a weather balloon. The simple tips above will keep the baby bouncing without sticking them in an air filled bubble.

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