Allergic to Mosquitos

Updated on August 30, 2008
M.E. asks from Bronx, NY
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My 23 month old gets bitten by mosquitos which then flare up and erupt. I put OFF on him if we are to be outside in the evenings but yet if we are out during the day they still seem to find him. I don't want to put deet on him all day or keep him indoors. His poor legs are covered in bites. HELP!

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L.G.

answers from Melbourne on

Hi Maira,
I don't know if this really works, I Have not tried it yet. I got an email from my sister-in-law about a way to stop mosquitos. It said to take Listerine and put it in a spray bottle and spray it around the area(example; picnic tabe, swings, play area. If you would like to have the email sent to you to read, you can send me an email and let me know. Here is my personal email [email protected]____.com Hope this works and helps you out.

L.

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S.M.

answers from Miami on

Hi, Maria. Sweetie, there are many types of mosquitoes here in Florida. Some come out in the night, but many others are active in the daytime. Just use the mosquito repellent whenever he is outside, all the time.

To help him when he does get a bite, try a little thing called After Bite (I think that's the name). It's a stick of medicine that looks something like a tube of chapstick. You can get it in Walmart in the garden section or in the same section where you find the OFF.

Peace,
Syl

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G.T.

answers from Boca Raton on

You can used cortizone 10, or basil leaves helps a lot for the eruption. But if you go to your doctor he can prescribe, something stronger like diproline, amke miracles.

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D.Y.

answers from Miami on

I feel your pain. My daughter is also 23mths and allergic to mosquitos. Had to take her recently to the dr. and was given a prescription for Bactroban. The bites were turnigninto fluid filled bumps, thank God clear fluid, so theres no infection. Unfortunately there is no way around keeping them from being bitten. Maybe give him a quick bath to rinse off the Off once he's back inside. ITs been really bad this year...lots of mosquitos. Usually I'm the one getting bitten alot, but I guess my baby's blood is sweeter.

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L.O.

answers from Miami on

You can use Tea Tree Oil...Mosquitoes and Fleas hate it!!! To soothe the itching Witch Hazel works also the Tea Tree Oil will heal them.

You can buy the Tea Tree Oil and put it in a spray bottle with some water. I do it that way...the skin absorbs anything put on it within 26 seconds it then get digested, so I prefer to go as natural as possible.
Citronella is also used to avoid the mosquitoes.
Whole Foods sells those products.
Good luck!

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C.P.

answers from Miami on

Hello Maria,

I read somewhere that consuming b6 vitamin (making sure you get your daily dose) helps with repelling mosquitos. whenever you can use natural products. Mosquitos don't like peppermint nor rosemary. Maybe you can find a natural product with peppermint and rosemary oil. at home, plant peppermint and rosemary whenver you can to keep the mosquitos away. avoid deet as much as possible. I'm sure there will be times when he'll need to use it so don't oversaturate his body with it. You're doing the right thing looking for alternatives. do look into the link w/ vitamins/nutrients perhaps avoiding certain things will also help. keep looking until you find the right answer for you and your baby. ~C.~

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J.

answers from Miami on

Hi Maria,
My daughter severely allergic as well and you are correct that children should not use DEET. The best product that I have found, and I have tried them all, is by OFF "Clean Feel" that uses Picardin and is safe for small children. Since my daughter was tiny I have used it all over and it is GREAT. I like to spray 3-4 sprays in my hand first then rub it all over them. I use 3-4 squirts per extremity. Since my children are so allergic and florida is so ridden with them, I also have found that giving a dose of Benedryl is extremely helpful in minimizing itching, swelling, and irritation. If you don't like giving the liquid they also have Benedryl in cream. But, for us, I have found the liquid helps most if for some reason they do get a bite.
But CLEAN FEEL is great because it is not sticky, oily and it doesn't smell. You can get it at Publix in the detergent isle.
I hope that this helps with your little ones bites.
all the best,
J.

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C.S.

answers from Boca Raton on

Hello,

The bugs here are terrible it makes going outside a nightmare sometimes:-(
Deet is highly toxic especially for young children and you should avoid it as much as possible.(Sunscreens are trouble as well) Believe it or not the toxic substances we put on our skin get into our bloodstream fairly quickly. Dr. Mercola just put out a safe alternative to typical bug sprays and you can look it up at www.mercola.com

You can also get a more natural repellant at Whole Foods if you don't like Mercola's

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J.K.

answers from Miami on

Hi Maria,

here is what i use on myself and my family:

A Pure Safe and Beneficial Alternative to Mosquito Repellant.

If you are having mosquito problems and want a safe alternative spray – use the AWAKEN Aroma essentials Rejuvenating Spray. The essential lemon oils help repel mosquitoes while softening and feeding nutrients to the skin. If you want to "double up" wash with the Awaken shower gel – you can even use the Awaken Sea Salt scrub and Awaken lotion too.

Stocks up on the Awaken candles during the holidays and burns them outdoors in the summer– they also do the same thing. We have been having a ton of great testimonies using these products!

To learn more about AWAKEN Aroma essentials click on the link below.


www.J..myarbonne.com click shop online click aromatherapy/ awaken mist

I hope this will help.

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P.K.

answers from Miami on

I would try to change the mosquito repellent. I am using now "skin so soft" from AVON in cream with sunblock and it's great. I went with my baby to a farm full of mosquitos and she didn't get a bite. In fact,I had to use it too with great results.

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C.G.

answers from Boca Raton on

My little guy is just a few months older and in the same predicament. We have had to keep him in pants/jeans any time we go out in the evening. I have worried about repellents as well. My friend shared some of her Burt's Bees natural spray when we were being "attacked" at the zoo last week. It is a little greasy and you need to reapply often, but I like that it is not toxic. It will be good for the day to day applications. I still use the Off Skintastic when we are in the woods, though.
Additionally, I have found that prescription eczema oil is good when he starts scratching his bites. I make him wear his tight pajama pants, and have cut off the tops of his older socks to use as soft bandages around bites on his arms and ankles (he ends up looking sporty like the boy in Juno!).

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J.C.

answers from Boca Raton on

Dear Maria,

Have you ever tried using tea tree oil on the bites? I know it's after the fact, but it works wonders! I used to have a recipe for a natural insect repellent, but Burt's Bees sells one you can find at Publix.

If you need more info on the tea tree oil, feel free to e-mail me, [email protected]____.com luck!

J. C.

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C.B.

answers from Boca Raton on

I have heard that fabric softener sheets are supposed to help repel mosquitos. You may also want to get a natural bug repellant at a health food store. I have used Burt's Bee's brand and I think Publix may sell it now. It is all natural and I feel safe putting it on my kids. It is mostly plant oils.
C.

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L.D.

answers from Boca Raton on

Hi Maria,

I have a son who's very sensitive to mosquito bites also. They welt up and ooze. I use Off! Skintastic IV. It has 7% deet, so I'm not sure if that's better than what you have or not.
I live in west Boynton and if he goes outside, we usually have to put it on him because the mosquitos are so bad. You may want to look at Skin So Soft as an alternative. I'm not sure if it has deet in it or not. If he itches a lot, they have a spray Benadryl that works pretty good. Liquid Benadryl for allergies (the kind they drink) will also help the inflammation go down.

By the way, I saw that you have a newborn. My link is on here, under Peadab Designs. I do birth announcements and invitations, if you're interested! www.peadabdesigns.com.
Good luck with the mosquito problem.

L.

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S.R.

answers from Melbourne on

Hi,

I found out a few weeks ago that my 2 1/2 year old is also allergic to mosquito bites. I also tried OFF and Cutter and they did nothing. I have been using AVON's "skin so soft Bug Guard plus Expedition" It comes in either a green spray can or pump spray. It also has SPF 30 (NO Deet) and lasts for 8hrs and is waterproof. I apply twice daily and reaply after swimming etc. So far it works better that all the other products I have tried. Every now and then a mosquito will find her no matter what, but this product seems to work the best. We also purchased something called "Mega Catch" that you put outside to attract mosquitoes and other insects, but we have only had this for a couple of weeks and it's too soon to tell, but it is supposed to cover an acre. When my daughter does get bitten, I give her a dose of Zyrtec and apply hydrocortizone and this also works well to treat the bite and prevent it from reacting. (especially if caught early) I hope this information helps. Good luck.
PS. I also tried ALL the other "skin so soft products" (lotion, oil, body wash etc.) which I still use while indoors and if a mosquito is in the house it will still find her. So, I still like the Bug Guard the best.

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A.G.

answers from Mayaguez on

Avon also has a product Skin-So-Soft, a bath oil, that also keeps mosquitos at bay. You can dress your baby in long pants so you dont have to slather him with anything.

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L.V.

answers from Miami on

Hi,
Avon makes a great repellent that is light, smells nice, you can use as lotion and has SPF30. I can't remember the name (maybe one of the other moms can help with that) but it is great and light so you don't need a lot and you don't go through it too fast. I bought two bottles when my son was about 6mo and I still have, he's 4.

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T.U.

answers from Miami on

Avon Skin So Soft. I've been using it since I was a kid and it works great on me and my little guy. Those little pests just love us, and my sons bites flare up really bad.

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