We have been using mosquito repellents from the time we grew up. Because of either lack of proper sanitation/cleanliness in our country, we have been rather forced to use such solutions, sometimes compromising our health as well. Today in this article, we will tell you about the mosquito repellents and how does they harm our body and bad effects on pregnant ladies.
The repellents affect our body in short term and some in long time. When I say short term, I am talking about chemical named allethrin which is common in mosquito coils and mats. This chemical can irritate your skin and also lead to problems related to breathing, swallowing etc. and can also cause many stomach problems if you are following the instructions while using it.
All the mosquito repellents also have DEET which is a harmful chemical. If you are getting directly in touch with this chemical, then you are posed to several harmful diseases. DEET even causes allergies. DEET is not only harmful to human body, but to environment as well and can cause difficulty in breathing, burning eyes and headache and can also lead to hormonal imbalance.
Effect of mosquito repellents on pregnant ladies
Even if a small amount of repellent can gets directly absorbed into the blood and may reach fetus. Even if you have to use mosquito repellent during this time, you can do so by following below instructions
- Cover maximum area with clothing with light colored clothes. Mosquitos are generally attracted to dark colored clothes.
- Try to go for herbal solutions instead of these dangerous chemical like DEET.
If your baby is small, you need to be extra careful while taking care. Follow below tips for it.
- Avoid using mosquito coils since the smoke can also lead to respiratory disorders such as asthma and can also lead to suffocation to young babies.
- Cover your baby as much as you can.
- Do not spray repellents near their face.
- Wash your hands immediately when you use these repellents.