When the sun comes out, the birds are singing, but insects can be a real nuisance. During your holidays, your baby can become the number one target of these small invertebrates. Not only do they manage to annoy us, but they can also be a source of the development of certain diseases for newborns. Here is a list – not exhaustive – of methods to cure all the hurts and keep those pesky bugs away so that they don’t have the opportunity to make your summer a nightmare.
First of all, it is important to remind that is it essential to warn and to protect yourself against insects. Little Guest has reunited, for you, all the best products so that you can fully enjoy your family holidays. Mosquito net, essential oils, repulsive, protections… Here is our selection.
When it is possible, the best way to protect your baby is to avoid insects by easy and effective methods.
The first reflex to adopt is to swaddle baby with long sleeves and loose clothing, light trousers rather than a short, and prefer to wear a hat or a cap, which will also protect him from the sun! It is important to choose clothes with bright tons rather than black clothes for example because the little beasts are fond of dark colors.
During your journey and particularly in the middle of the day, many facilities are prodigiously effective, including mosquito nets for strollers or carrycots. Accessible, this accessory is practical and allows you to roam everywhere in the places you want to visit. We suggest the Italian brand Chicco or Babylux which offers a range of mosquito nets adapted to the age of your baby and the size of the stroller or carrycot.
There are also ultrasonic devices to put in the stroller that keep insects away without affecting you and your babies’ health. Chicco offers this product at a low cost. It does not release any chemical substances and is remarkably practical with its small size, useful for taking it everywhere on a ride!
In addition, do not hesitate to visit our comparative: 10 strollers to travel with a baby.
At Little Guest, the hotels offer exceptional kids-friendly services and are particularly attentive to the well-being of the little ones. The Soneva Kiri, in Thailand, or the Yokan Lodge in Senegal, are among those luxury establishments that provide protection for the whole family, including mosquito nets in the rooms.
Lavender, citronella, mint, or else rosemary, these 100% organic and natural plants have the ability to be a repulsive against small bugs and seem to be a good alternative to some chemicals, such as DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), an active repulsive against insects.
Here are our TOP 5 natural plants, usable in the form of essential oil, which repulse insects:
Most of the hotels in the Little Guest collection have ventilation in their rooms. Activating the forced air will keep insects at bay because they are not resistant to the force of the air.
The first thing to do when your baby has been stung is to soothe the pain and reassure your toddler. Most bites can be treated by parents.
Bee, wasp, hornet… The sting is usually swollen and painful. It can cause an allergic reaction (it is necessary to check for wheezing, swelling in the neck or face, and to monitor your child’s airways). To reassure you, they are still very rare.
Remove the sting:
Wash and disinfect your hands and clean the wound with water and neutral pH soap.
The sting is an organ allowing insects to inoculate venom, it must therefore be removed as soon as possible.
How to remove it? Scrap delicately the stung area with a flat object (a credit card for example). Contrary to what we could believe, it is necessary to avoid using tweezers, which could burst the venom bag and aggravate the symptoms.
What do we apply?
It is not uncommon to be spotted by ticks while walking in the forest or the park. These little beasts, lovers of blood and body temperature, attach themselves to the skin and take great pleasure in biting babies, as they are closer to the ground.
Where do they bite? Babies’ skin is thinner and softer than adults’. Ticks like to bite on particularly thin skin: the neck, armpits, crotch or behind the ears.
The bite does not cause pain, but the sting causes itching in the hours that follow.
It is necessary to take the time to examine your baby’s body. To know: when there is a bite, a small black spot can be seen.
How to remove the tick?
The recipe is simple, you just have to mix the 3 oils and apply on baby’s ankles. Small precision: the true lavender is disadvised for the babies of less than 6 months.
They like us, but we don’t! If despite all these precautions to keep the little beasts away, your baby has been bitten, we have the solution for you!
Mosquitoes, small noisy invertebrates, invade us when summer is coming. They are greedy and do not hesitate to feast when the sun falls. The newborns, often agitated, give mosquitoes an appetite with their soft and thin skin. The bite is recognizable by a small red swelling. Generally, it is not painful, but itches! Finally, it disappears after 2 to 3 days.
How to treat a mosquito bite?
To go further with mosquito bites on babies, do not hesitate to read our article How to protect baby from mosquito bites?
Solen, 20 years old, travel lover, from Brittany, France