Already painted the summer and along with it the arrival of mosquitoes. In the heat, the presence of these pets is more constant, to our unhappiness. To protect the little ones from the discomfort of itchy bites and diseases like dengue, a very common solution is the use of repellents in children.
Attention: parents need to be aware of the correct product. We will explain all the care, check it out!
Repellents in children: they are not released for all ages!
According to the pediatric infectologist of the National Institute of Health of Women, Children and Adolescents Fernandes Figueira (IFF / Fiocruz) Marcio Nehab, the norm of the Ministry of Health and Anvisa is that babies under six months should not use any type of repellent, using only protective barriers, such as long-sleeved clothing and mosquito nets.
Babies between six months and two years of age can use repellents based on IR 3535 30%, only in special situations, with medical guidance and monitoring.
The use of repellents in children between 2 and 12 years old, must be based on DEET with a concentration of 10% or else Icaridine, also for child use. Always remembering: keep repellents out of the reach of children and do not allow them to be applied.
Here’s the tip: Always check the product label and consult your pediatrician! Also check the repellant’s action time on the packaging and remember: no should be applied more than three times a day to children!
Care at the time of application
You need to pay attention to some points to apply repellents to children: avoid use near mucous membranes (mouth, nose, eyes, genitals) or on irritated or injured skin. Avoid passing the product in your hands of the little ones, as they can put it in their mouth or scratch their eyes. When rubbing on the face, first place the product in your hands and then spread it.
A very common question is whether there is a “better” repellent aerosol, cream or liquid forms. Both have the same effectiveness, but the spray version requires more care when ironing.
Beach, nature, mosquitoes and repellents: how to deal?
During this holiday season, it is more common for children to come into contact with mosquitoes, as they proliferate more intensely in places close to nature, in the heat and are attracted by sweat. Families that have the opportunity to travel to the beach or countryside, need to know how to protect the little ones from the sun and also from these insects.
Let us help you: first apply the sunscreen, wait for the skin to absorb the product and dry, then apply the repellent.
Warning: do not spray repellents on children before bed!
Not everyone knows, but the repellent should be removed as soon as it is no longer needed with soap and water. Did you get home from the tour? Time to shower and take the repellent!
In theory, it makes sense – but in reality the reality is different! The medical recommendation is that the repellent does not stay in contact with the skin as long as it is a chemical substance and also because the child may accidentally put his hand in his mouth and ingest the substance.
Here are some tips for dealing with mosquitoes:
- Outlet insecticide (must stay away from the crib or bed – a distance of more than two meters from the person’s head;
- Use mosquito net;
- Leave fans or air conditioning on;
- Try to dress the children in light clothes, because very colorful pieces attract insects;
- Avoid using perfumes;
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