Protect your baby or toddler from mosquito bites

There is currently a higher risk of mosquito-borne Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin viruses in South Australia, particularly in regions along the River Murray. A sentinel chicken based at Meningie has tested positive for Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin viruses. View the 13 January 2021 public health alert for further information and avoid mosquito bites.

  • Dress them in long, light coloured, loose fitting clothing that covers their arms and legs
  • use mosquito-proof mesh on doors and windows so mosquitoes can’t come inside
  • when outdoors use mosquito-proof netting over prams and strollers

Mosquito repellents

  • Under 2 months of age - repellents are not recommended
  • from 2 months of age onwards - repellents containing 10% DEET can be used
  • from 12 months of age - repellents containing picaridin can be used
  • from 3 years of age - repellents containing PMD (p-Menthane-3, 8-diol, the active ingredient in oil of lemon eucalyptus) can be used

Caution

  • Do not allow children to apply repellents
  • avoid applying repellents to hands or near their eyes or mouth
  • if repellent is applied, wash the child’s skin and clothes when you go back inside
  • always read and follow the instructions on the label, especially for babies and pregnant or breastfeeding women.