The beautiful days are coming, with them the mosquitoes have made their return for the sole purpose of preventing us from sleeping and devouring us. There are many protections on the market to protect us from it, but what about baby? We are often afraid to apply harmful and aggressive lotions on our little blond heads, so nothing better than to turn to nature to find healthy and effective solutions to naturally protect baby against mosquitoes . In order to best protect your baby and choose a repellent suitable for his sensitive skin, it is essential to learn to understand the composition of conventional mosquito repellents .
How to naturally protect baby against mosquitoes from 0 to 3 months?
There are products in the herbal medicine industry that are often overlooked, yet their softness makes them essential to have for the daily care of adults and children alike:
The medicated water (or floral water) always have the same functions as the essential oil they used to produce, but they are much softer and contain no cons-indications . Their therapeutic action, on the other hand, is weaker.
We advise you to use :
Like the essential oil, its sweet flowery scent will have a repellent action. You can apply it several times a day both on clothes and on your child’s skin.
Lavender water will be perfect to complement the repellent action of geranium. We advise you to mix the two for increased efficiency.
DIY mosquito repellent for babies
For fans of homemade care, we offer a mosquito repellent spray recipe that you can use from birth:
Mix in a 200ml spray bottle previously sterilized (tinted glass if possible):
- 10 ml of white vinegar (repellent action)
- 1 tbsp of vegetable glycerin
- 80ml of Geranium hydrosol
- 80ml of Lavender hydrosol
You can apply this mixture several times a day on baby’s clothes, or on his skin, being careful not to spray the areas close to the eyes and which could be in contact with the mouth.
How to protect yourself from mosquitoes with aromatherapy?
Essential oils :
Aromatherapy is one of the most effective natural ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes. Whether by diffusion or skin application, they will scare away mosquitoes and can soothe inflammation and itching in the event of a bite.
Here are our top 3 mosquito repellent essential oils :
This essential oilis known for its repellent properties against various insects. You can add this essential oil to your usual shower gel or dilute it in a vegetable oil before applying it to your skin. Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil masks the CO2 from the human body which is then no longer identified by female mosquitoes. Be careful, however, this essential oil is for adults only!
Repellent essential oil, its powerful flowery scent effectively repels mosquitoes. Be careful, however, this essential oil is contraindicated in children under 8 years old.
This essential oil has the quality of being mosquito and wasp repellent (preventive) and curative of mosquito bites. Following a bite, applying lemongrass will calm the itching and prevent infection . This oil is still contraindicated in children under 8 years old.
However, essential oils should be used with caution, especially for the little ones. We therefore advise you before 3 years of age to turn to finished products based on essential oils specially formulated to be used on babies without any risk.
Mosquito repellents to use before 3 years:
This spray from Puressentiel based on Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil can be used from 6 months. It is applied to baby’s skin, avoiding parts of the body that could be in contact with the mouth. The naturally lemony scent will scare away mosquitoes with a proven effectiveness of 7 hours.
It is a body milk from Pranarom laboratories based on essential oil of True Lavender , Lemongrass from Madagascar and Lemon Eucalyptus . As with the spray, it is applied avoiding parts of the body that could be in contact with the mouth from 6 months.
It is a complex from Pranarom which combines the effectiveness of Java Lemongrass with the pleasant fragrances of Palmarosa and Geranium , Clove and Ginger , Lemon Eucalyptus and Litsea . It can be diffused from 3 months , 30 minutes before bedtime for a peaceful night’s sleep.
As we have just mentioned there are several interesting formulas to protect babies against mosquitoes from 6 or 3 months, however, due to the toxicity of essential oils, using them on the little ones can be dangerous. For newborns (and even older ones), installing a mosquito net above the bed will be an effective way. However, there are many other natural remedies that we do not necessarily think of.
How to prevent baby mosquito bites with homeopathy?
In some people, the stings cause an allergic reaction. Allergic and toxic reactions can manifest as redness, edema, swelling in less severe cases. In other cases, the person may experience internal pain associated with the sting, low blood pressure, choking, stomach pain, fainting, vomiting, and diarrhea.
To prevent these risks, homeopathy is a remedy suitable for everyone, even for the little ones:
5 granules morning and evening (to be diluted in a little water for the little ones). The Ledum palustre strain changes the smell of perspiration and makes the skin less palatable to mosquitoes. It also helps relieve edema in case of bites.
5 granules morning and evening to limit the inflammatory reaction and treat edema in the event of bites.