If you are spending the summer in Florida, there is bound to
be at least one month of on and off thunderstorms and rain leading to a lot of
puddles and standing water. Mix that with the heat and you have a breeding
ground for mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are those annoying little flies that have caused endless hype about “West Nile virus.” That is because they are carriers of the virus. Nobody likes to get bug bites, especially when there is the possibility of contracting a virus.
Summertime is when children like to play outside as much as
possible, especially after a long bout of rainy days. How can you help prevent
mosquitoes from infecting your children?
Use an insect repellent that contains one of
these ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR 3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus. Use the
repellant any time you or your children are outside.
Use citronella products to repel mosquitoes from
your porch or other areas outside.
Try to get rid of any standing water around your
house or in your yard.
While there is no vaccine to protect against the West Nile
virus, taking preventative steps can decrease the chances of your child being
If mosquitoes have bitten your child, check to see if they
exhibit any of these symptoms:
Headache and body aches
These symptoms along with mosquito bites may indicate a
possible West Nile virus infection. It is recommended to take you child to a
doctor for further examination.
Be sure to call Rainbow Pediatrics at (850) 257-5524 to
schedule your appointment.