You and your little one always have so much fun at the parks and playgrounds, but with that comes mosquito bites.
It’s important to prevent mosquito bites since dengue cases have risen sharply this year, says Dr Natalie Epton, a specialist paediatrician and neonatologist. The dreaded Zika virus has also returned to Singapore, with a cluster reported in Serangoon Gardens.
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Avoid dengue hot spots, dress your child in light-coloured clothing and use mosquito repellants and patches.
Choose the right mosquito repellent
Although there are many natural mosquito repellents, only the Deet-based ones have been proven to be effective against getting mosquito bites. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using a reduced concentration Deet-based mosquito repellent from the age of three months.
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Remember to reapply if you are out for a prolonged period. Studies have shown Deet to be safe for use even in small children, with no long-term health concerns.
What to do if your child is bitten
If he gets mosquito bites, teach Junior not to scratch. Instead, apply an anti-itch cream such as calamine lotion, or even a low-dose steroid cream such as Hydrocortisone. Medicated oils may be too strong for use in young babies.
If a yellowish crust appears on top of mosquito bites, it may have become infected. See a doctor – your baby may require an antibiotic cream.