Wednesday, August 2, 2017

My "Bye-Bye Mosquito Bite" Must Haves

And once again it’s that time of the year where we lovingly bring out our pretty hooded jackets and rain boots because, well, it’s raining and everyone is looking for an excuse to wear the cool weather clothes that sit in the closet the rest of the year. Except it’s also that time of the year when kids get sick due to varying reasons.

As a mom, I get worried about the slightest exposure of my baby girl to anything that may potentially cause her to get sick. But after hearing stories of kids who get hospitalised or even died because of dengue, chikungunya, and other mosquito borne illnesses, cough and colds are the least of my problem. Mosquitos, or anything related to it, are public enemy number one.

As much as I would like to shield my child from any form of mosquito bite, I’m not the kind of parent who will keep her in an airconditioned room 24/7 just to protect her. My little girl loves going outdoors for a walk with our furry children (our dogs), playing at the park, and just simply getting some sun. And while we discover an occasional bite on her leg or arm (usually and ironically incurred from somewhere indoor), we do our best to keep her from scratching and letting the itch elevate into a wound or scar. So I keep our home and her baby bag stocked with bye-bye mosquito products that work for us.

VitaOils Bugs Away
Vitaoils Bugs Away

We’ve tried many kinds of mosquito repellents. What works for us is the Vitaoils Bugs Away insect repellent. While I use the regular version, the maker/owner of Vitaoils, Natasha Rodriguez, created a special blend that is safe enough for babies to use. We spray it all over her clothes, legs and arms before she goes out for a walk and keeps her protected from mosquitos. We also spray it around the house to repel any mosquitos that manage to enter our home. Aside from it being organic, it smells good too... strong enough to drive bugs away but not overpowering for humans who are sensitive to smell.

Tiny Buds After Bites
Tiny Buds After Bites

We are sometimes surprised by the occasional bite on our little girl’s arms or legs. We don’t always know where it comes from. We could be indoor all day when she comes to me with an itch, which means we had not applied any insect repellant on her. For that reason, her baby bag always has a tube of Tiny Buds After Bites. 

I was looking for something to relieve an itch that did not involve using alcohol or steroids. Thankfully, I stumbled upon the Tiny Buds After Bites and decided to give it a try. I like how gentle it is on the skin, plus the fact that it is not sticky and has no chemical in it. It relieves the itch in just a few seconds. And if the itch recurs sometime in the day we just reapply. Even I use it when I have a bite.

Ilog Maria Propolis Ointment

Ilog Maria Propolis Ointment
Here is a product we keep on our little girl’s bedside. It’s an alternative we use for itchy bites, acne, and rashes. While it is a little sticky/oily due to it having an olive oil and beeswax base, we apply it to persistent itchy bites which keeps her from scratching. It is an all natural product which has an anti-microbial effect and prevents scarring on the skin. 

Off Lotion

I try to avoid putting this on my baby girl's skin as it can be a little bit strong. But when we take trips to the beach or to a mountainous area that is notorious for persistent and pesky bugs, we put a little bit of Off Lotion before spraying the insect repellant to make sure that she is protected. Many moms have told me to avoid using this, but our pedia advised us that it is better to be safe than sorry, and I swear that it works. 

Where/How to buy:
*VitaOils products, email, visit their Facebook page at They are also available at the Echo Store.

*Tiny Buds products, visit their online store at Also see a list of stores and supermarkets that carry their brand at their website.

*Ilog Maria, visit their website at

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