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  • 8 Mom-Approved Mosquito Repellents for Toddlers

    Mosquitoes are notorious transmitters of viruses. Don't let your child be the next victim with these anti-mosquito products.
    by Lei Dimarucut-Sison .
8 Mom-Approved Mosquito Repellents for Toddlers
ILLUSTRATOR Natz Bade
  • Mosquitoes thrive in hot, humid areas, which is why it is not surprising that a tropical country like the Philippines is usually a hotspot for mosquito-borne diseases. These include dengue, Japanese encephalitis, malaria, chikungunya, Zika...and the list goes on. 

    Mosquitoes are known to propagate during the wet season, but infectious disease specialist, Dr. Carmina Delos Reyes, advised parents to practice year-round dengue prevention, even after the rainy season. “Dati sa Pilipinas, seasonal ang occurrence ng dengue. Tag-ulan at tag-baha, doon lang ang rise in cases." We now know dengue can happen anytime of the year.

    When you get bitten by a dengue virus-carrying mosquito, it usually takes about four to 10 days before the symptoms appear. By then, it becomes a full-blown disease that will need immediate medical attention since it could be fatal in some cases. 

    Everyone needs protection from these nasty insects but kids can be mosquito magnets. Did you know that aside from being attracted to the warm body of a pregnant woman, mosquitoes also find the scent of your sweaty toddler appealing? 

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    Mosquito repellents are no longer optional, and the moms from SmartParenting.com.ph's Parent Chat agree! If you're headed out with your little one, make sure to slather him or her with protection using these brands real moms trust.

    Human Nature Bug Shield. Citronella is one of its main ingredients, but Human Nature's Skin Shield is also infused with soybean oil and eucalyptus oil for added protection. There's also a G6PD-friendly, soybean-free Bug Shield Oil. Order online through humanheartnature.com 
    PHOTO BY humanheartnature.com
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    GIGA Baby Body Spray. It contains a blend of all-natural essential oils, so it's safe to use on infants. Mildly-scented, you can spray it directly on your baby's skin or on his clothes for a longer lasting effect. GIGA has branches in Megamall, Market! Market!, Tiendesitas, and Robinsons Magnolia 
    PHOTO BY giga.com.ph
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    B'GONE. Its ingredients is composed of Andiroba oil with Neem, and it is 100% non-DEET. It can be used by kids with sensitive skin. Order through Facebook. 
    PHOTO BY bioneemmosquitorepellant/Facebook
    No BITE. Free from pesticides and DEET, it repels mosquitoes for up to eight hours and is safe for pregnant and lactating mothers to use. Available at Southstar Drug, Rose Pharmacy, and Mercury Drug branches.
    PHOTO BY pharmaceiajimenez.com
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    Burt's Bees All Natural Herbal Insect Repellent. It contains Rosemary, Lemongrass and Citronella that form an effective scent barrier against mosquitoes. It is free from phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, and SLS. Available at Rustans and Beauty Bar branches.
    PHOTO BY burtsbees.com.ph
    Sesou Nature Source Extra-Gentle Buzz Off! It has citronella, neem, lemongrass, and essential oils in a coconut oil base emulsion to keep insects away from the skin. Available at all Sesou Nature Source branches.
    PHOTO BY sesounaturesource/Facebook
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    All Terrain Kids Herbal Armor Spray. This all-natural insect repellent keeps your kids safe. It is DEET-free and sprays on easily.
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    Control Freak Control: Mosquito. It is made with coconut oil, distilled water, organic eucalyptus oil, witch hazel, and vanillin, among others, it is safe to use because it is DEET free and organic. Available at babymama.ph.
    PHOTO BY @controlfreakph/Instagram
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