Summer is here which means so are those annoying little blood suckers, protect your baby with the latest launch from Purity and Elizabeth Anne’s range, an insect repellent suitable for babies 6 months and up.
As a child, I would get bites all over my body that would become blisters that burst and left me with open sores. At one stage, the open sores were covering so much of my body that when my mom took me to the local hospital, they wanted to call Childline and report her for burning me with a cigarette. It pretty soon became clear that I was allergic to something and after ruling out the usual, the doctors said that the bites were caused from dust-mites and mosquitoes but that the blistering was caused by my allergy to them. We had to take preventative measures but after moving from our really old house (with wooden floors) things improved and I only ever blistered up when it was summer and the mosquitoes were around.
For about 2-3 years, we lived in Botswana and with the rise of malaria and well… their monster-sized bugs, my mom would spend 10 minutes every night covering me with Tabard. The stuff smells horrible! The cream would get just about everywhere and would even linger enough to add a horrible taste to my food, the texture was thick, greasy and gross. So my mom opted for the aerosol variant and it was disastrous! It has such a potent smell that would get on my chest and leave me heaving, not to mention the risk of it getting in my eyes and the the general smell and sticky texture – nope, 5pm every night was the worst!
Haunted by these memories, I made sure that Axl’s cot included a mosquito net but soon realized that it didn’t stop the blood suckers from coming after him. It came as a surprise to find that baby-friendly insect repellents aren’t readily available but thankfully, Purity and Elizabeth Anne’s has changed that, by introducing a repellent suitable for babies that is safe, effective and most importantly, gentle!
It’s proven that babies tend to get bitten more often than adults as they are easy prey and are not as aware of the insects in their surroundings. Babies also tend to be more sensitive to the bites than adults, which explains why bites appear more red and puffy on babies.
The new Insect Repellent is suitable for babies from 6+months and protects against mosquitos, flies, fleas & ticks. When we were living on the farm, my biggest fear was Axl getting tick bite fever, so it’s great that their range is targeting a variety of insects that put our babies at risk. The formula is gentle, safe and DEET free. The texture is very light, doesn’t leave a sticky residue and much to my liking, is odourless. I really didn’t believe that claim, so had applied it to my own skin to take a sniff, but nothing, so I sniffed some more and reckoned my nose was broken. I tried again for the days that followed and still, no scent!
The range includes two versions: a spray (R49.95 – 125ml) for the toddler on the move or a cream variant (R39.95 – 50ml) for little faces and rubbing all over their bodies after their night-time bath. You can find the new insect repellent range at Baby specific stores like Baby City, pharmacies and general retailers.