We live on STX and my 4 year old is a mosquito magnet. Does anyone know if the Avon skin so soft really works. I hate to keep bathing him with deet every day. We have recently bought one of those mosquito machines and that is helping but he still gets several bites every day. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep mosqiutos off of him. Any advice is welcome.
Skin-So-Soft doesn't work for my spouse but DEET is quite effective. Your mileage may vary so I'd give Skin-So-Soft a try.
I like Skin-So-Soft, but there are lots of non-deet options. Even the big guns, like Off have a non-deet version. Skintastic is a lot like skin so soft, but you don't need an Avon rep. The health food stores and pharmacies with a natural products section have several brands to choose from. I use the NoBuzzZone Diffuser, which I ordered from QVC. It works! I imagine it is like a little baby version of the mosquito mag.
As an ex-bartender, I'm a fan of gin on a bar napkin, but you might not want to do that to your 4 year old! A/C in the bedroom, at night, is probably the best defense.
Sorry it does not work for me 🙁
Thanks everyone. I will try the non deet options. I have just heard that they don't work. I am willing to try anything even the gin or rum. I have rubbed bounce dryer sheets on him as well but he broke out so now I tuck them in his shorts. Someone on the board mentioned a drink of some kind with vinager in it. Does anyone know about that? Thanks again.
I can't understand it.. Tabra never has bites and I am coated with them daily. Sometimes I can't even sleep at night because my legs are itching so bad. Like you, I am not happy about sprayng chemicals on myself every day. I was told that rubbing your skin down with rubbing alcohol works... and it does, but only for about half an hour. One that I spray on myself at work is called Repel Plant based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent. It smells horrible, but I've found it keeps the mosquitos off of me for about four hours.
Sorry I forgot to add this, but I use the same Lemon Eucalyptus "oil" from Repel and it seems to work best for me also.
I thought the same thing - that I was getting bitten and no one else was. I saw a doctor who told me that I am extremely allergic to the saliva of the insect, and that was causing the reaction. What seemed to help for me was (in addition to bug spray) taking B vitamins and Brewer's yeast, both secrete some scent that the insects don't like. Of course, I'm not sure about that course of action for a child, but it wouldn't hurt to call your pediatrician's office and ask.
During a visit to the Marquesas islands I discovered Monoi oil. Mosquitoes are a huge problem in that part of the world as well, and the Monoi oil worked very well for me. It smells pretty nice too!!!
I liked it so well that I purchased a supply of it, and I believe I might have an extra bottle tucked away -- I will look around and see if I can find it. I would be happy to mail it over to you if you PM me with your snail mail address.
buy some benedryl cream or equivalent..or the spray or gel. It won't stop the bites, but it will take away the redness and itch. The sooner after the bite you use it the better.
It won't stop your basic problem, but it will make it a little easier on him till you find a good repellant. We use the deet--I've even got some 100% deet-- but I can understand not wanting to use that on a child.
We also use the battery operated zapper racquets. At least we get to kill them once they are in the closed house, so they don't get us during the night.
Thank you all so much. Beachy, we tried the benadryl spray but have found that neosporin with pain relief stops the itch the fastest. We put it on a band-aid and cover the bite as soon as we can to keep him from scratching. Mell, thank you, I will PM you later. I hope that the oil will work for him. I read an article about dengue fever in Puerto Rico and I am so afraid that with the number of bites he gets that he will catch it. Hi Beth, I hope you and Tabra are doing well.
You might also like to dry Lavender essential oil to help keep them away. You can add it to a carrier oil~even adding it to the aforementioned Monoi Oil. To help with the itchiness or any other pain for that matter you can try Helichrysum Essential Oil...it's a little on the pricey side, but it only takes a little bit ;0)
Have a happy day!