It is a challenge to find an effective, reliable and affordable mosquito repellent. It gets even harder when we look for a baby-friendly mosquito repellent. Babies have such a soft skin that is vulnerable to anything almost. So, the nourishment of their skin is equally as important as saving them from mosquitos. So, if you are looking for a baby friendly mosquito repellent, you have come in the right place. Just go through the article and find the best repellent for your baby.
When our babies are attacked by the hoarding mosquitos, we must save them from the mosquitos with great care. So, to realize which repellent is best suitable for babies we need to know about the key ingredient used in the repellents. These are-
It originally stands for N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide. It is known as the best line of defines against bugs and mosquitos. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that DEET might be harmful to the children under two months. It contains toxic elements and is therefore not highly recommended for babies.
Repellents containing permethrins
It is potentially an insecticide. It is originally found in chrysanthemum flower working as their natural protector against small insecticides. It is synthetic in nature but does not contain any toxic elements. But the matter of sorrow is that it has very little effectiveness over mosquitos and thus is not suitable for babies. Moreover, you can apply it over clothing only.
Repellents containing Picaridin
It is the latest edition in the market of repellents. User review and research claimed that it is 10 times more powerful and long-lasting in comparison with DEET. Moreover, it is color free and does not have any odor. It also feels extremely light if applied on the skin. With all its quality it is a strong candidate for baby-friendly mosquito repellents. But it is still waiting for the approval of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Some repellents are made using the extract of different Ayurveda plants. These plant-based repellents basically use the essential oil of cedar, soybean, and citronella to protect mosquito bites. These are potentially less harmful than DEET and repellents containing Picardie and Permethrins. They are non-toxic and hundred percent natural. So, they are safe to apply to the children in general. But their effectiveness lasts only for two hours maximum. It is a setback for this type of mosquito repellents because their application on children after every two hours might harm their skins.
So, the choice gets even tougher. While DEET and other chemical-based mosquito repellents quite efficiently keep mosquitos away from our children but their application is not recommended by pediatrics due to the probable toxicities. On the other hand, although, plant-based repellents are quite baby friendly, they lack the effectiveness. Also, they are required to be reapplied after every few hours. So, it is the best way to find a combination and you might consult with your pediatrics and choose one for your baby according to his skin vulnerability. I would recommend you to see different customer reviews and suggestion of American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to figure out the best baby-friendly mosquito repellent but if you ask for my personal suggestion- go with the plant-based ones.