The mosquitos are so bad here right now. My poor boy is a magnet for them and is suffering big time. I don't usually get bit but I got one 4 days ago and it continues to swell, itch and can be quite painful. Now I have an idea of what my son is going through. What repellant have you found that works? Also what I usually use for calming of bug bites isn't working very well so if you have a treatment for that as well, I welcome your recommendations. Thanks!
The best repellant we've used isn't really a repellant at all. It's the AVON skincare oil. Works great! My son is allergic to the bites as well and when he gets them we rub Bragg's ACV on them several times. If that doesn't work Colgate toothpaste takes the itch away, just rub some on and leave it.
DEET-based repellants are the most effective (according to many sources). The FDA eventually decided it wasn't that bad for you. According to Consumer Reports, "there is no reliable evidence that deet causes cancer" #1 brand recommended by CR is amazon.com/Bens-Mosquito-In...
I agree with Adam Doppelt, even my two-year-old daughter's doctor said deet works best. I use the spray instead of aerosol and found Cutter Skinsations Insect Repellent Pump Spray and OFF! FamilyCare Bug Spray & Mosquito Repellent have worked for us.
Please order a bug bite thing for as soon as the bite happens! It’s a $10 piece of miracle plastic that sucks the irritant right out. We also discovered Sawyer Family repellants when we were scouring for the best while living in the Yucatán. But really - bug bite thing! We haven’t been bothered by bites since we started using.
I do a mix of water, lavender oil, tea tree oil and cedar wood (virginiana) oil in a spray bottle. Oil ratio is about 4:2:3, respectively. It's baby-safe and also helps to repeal while simultaneously soothing the itchies!!
I'll put in a plug for Picaridin as an alternative to DEET. I am also a mosquito magnet and it works equally well on me (Avon doesn't work AT ALL.) I find picaridin a lot less gross than DEET (I get a bad taste in my mouth when I apply DEET to my skin) and it works on clothing and hats too. Natrapel is my favorite brand.
Dryer sheets work great! It sounds a bit silly but it works! There is linalool in the sheets that detracts the mosquitos and other bugs. The brand Bounce works great. I take a new dryer sheet and rub it around my ankles, legs, arms, and anywhere your skin is exposed. If I am outside for a long time I’ll usually rip a dryer sheet in half and stick it in my pockets.