5 Best Mosquito Repellents For Kids
I hail from Cochin, a place notorious for its mosquitoes. Having tried various mosquito repellants for myself and my kids, I can vouch for one thing. Even if you find a repellent that works fantastically, it won’t be effective forever because mosquitoes evolve. So does other bugs. So, your only option is to change the formulation you use at home once you find it to lack efficiency.
Personally, I have found that mopping the floor with lemon grass oil is pretty effective solution to keep bugs and mosquitoes away. You do get lemongrass based floor cleaners, but they aren’t as effective as authentic lemongrass essential oil. Just add a few drops of lemongrass essential oil to water with which you mop the floor. Alternatively, use it in an oil diffuser.
So, let us now take a look at the top bug ( especially mosquito) repellents that are suitable for children and found to be pretty effective. Note that all options mentioned below require frequent re-application ( around 1-2 hours) in order to remain effective.
Best Mosquito and Bug Repellents For Kids
The Moms Co mosquito repellent spray is yet another option which is natural and free of harmful ingredients. In addition to citronella and lemongrass, it contains soya bean, eucalyptus and cedarwood oil which is also quite fragrant and proven to be effective mosquito repellants.
Other ingredients like avacado, rice bran and apricot oil keeps the skin moisturized and nourished.
Being a spray, it is fairly easy to apply too.
This option is highly rated among parents across the country.
Citronella and lemongrass impart mosquito repellant property to this Mamaearth mosquito repellant gel. Aloe Vera, lavender oil, sunflower oil keeps the skin moisturized and Guar gum provides the gel like base.
Citronella oil as such is not safe for human consumption. But Mamearth claims that there won’t be any problem even if this mosquito repellent gel is accidentally ingested. So, we might have to assume that citronella and lemongrass are fairly diluted in this emollient.
Parents express fairly positive review of the product. That it is safe and free of harmful chemicals is an additional benefit.
Overall, it is definitely an option worth considering.
Mother Sparsh insect repellent claims to protect the baby against ants, fleas and mosquito bites.
It is also completely natural comprising camphor, eucalyptus, lemongrass and citronella oil.
The smell is a bit harsh. So, if your baby is too young, it might be uncomfortable for the little one. But older babies, children and adults would find it quite effective.
Good Knight fabric roll on may not be quite suitable for babies, but is apt for older kids and adults who go outdoors in the evening. The roll on has to be applied on the child’s cloth in moderation. It is available in 3 different fragrances and the smell can be quite overpowering.
The ingredients are natural, namely, eucalyptus and citronella oil. Due to the high concentration, it is found to be pretty effective in keeping mosquitoes at bay. But as mentioned, the fragrance is a bit too harsh for babies.
Odomos definitely is the oldest mosquito repellent available in the market. That it has stayed in the market for a few decades stands as a testimony to its effectiveness.
But when you take a look at the safety aspect, you find that its ingredients are not natural. In fact, N Diethyl Benzamide is a potential irritant which can have undesired effects in the long run. So, if you are camping with kids or going on a trek, we would recommend using it as it is found to be pretty effective. But it is better to stay away from it as an everyday solution to mosquitoes.