Summer brings wonderful things like family get-togethers, ice cream socials, and fun in the sun! It can also bring mosquitoes, however, and with them a greater risk for the Zika Virus. We will jump into some ways that you can help protect your kids this summer. But, first let’s get the 101 on what the Zika Virus is via Discovery News…
While the zika virus seems to be most widely spread in tropical regions, The World Health Organization has declared a global health emergency. (See More Here) International help is underway including UNICEF.
“The concern is that we will have local transmission. In other words, people who get infected in the United States get bitten by a mosquito, but who have never left the continental United States. We fully expect that that will happen as we get to the more robust mosquito season in the next month or so.”~Dr. Anthony Fuaci, PopSugar
This purpose of this post is not to make parents panic. If you are truly concerned, be sure to talk with a medical professional. We are just bringing some awareness to the potential dangers of mosquito bites. Here are some things you can do to help prevent them…
Preventing Mosquito Bites and The Potential of Zika Virus
Sprays with loads of chemicals can be scary and dangerous to spray on children. PopSugar recommends 3 formula choices to ward off insects for up to 7 hours:
- Sawyer Picaridin (20 percent picaridin)
- Ben’s 30 Percent Deet Tick & Insect Wilderness Formula (30 percent DEET)
- Repel Lemon Eucalyptus (65 percent p-menthane-3,8-diol, a synthetic derivative of eucalyptus)
Be sure to use sprays correctly for best coverage.
Long pants, long sleeves, and loose clothing can help ward off insect bites. Also, you may want to skip the sandals and flip flops if you are in an area of greater risk as mosquitos tend to love biting feet.
Get extra protection with clothing containing permethrin, a synthetic insecticide. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined permethrin products are effective and safe for pregnant women and children. ~Readers Digest
Prep Your Home
Since mosquitos love standing water, as a breeding ground, you will want to eliminate any pots of water or puddles around your home. Rain barrels should be covered and be extra careful if you have a lake by your house. The chlorine in pools wards off mosquitos, so you should be able to enjoy swimming there without a problem.
Avoid High Alert Areas
If you are considering a family vacation this summer, it may be best to avoid areas that are on high alert for the zika virus. The CDC has issued a travel warning for pregnant women.
How to Prevent Insect Bites
Be sure to check with a medical professional before using these suggestions. All may not be appropriate for children.