Hey guys, just wonering if anyone ever tried Aubrey Organics Bug Deterrent/SPF 10 product. I saw it from a mothering ad, the site is www.sleepingbean.com
and it seems resonably priced. If you've tried it or know someone who has, please comment (I'm more concerned with the bug deterrent properties than the spf). If not, what can you suggest???
I've tried feeding him garlic till he stunk, and that did very little. In one evening outside, he'll often get about 5-10 bites while I have 3-5 and his dad is a lucky sob and gets maybe one. Pediatrician recommends DEET, but I'd really rather not coat my son with chemicals daily KWIM? So he jokes (and I wasn't insulted cuz me and the doc have been friends for years) "Well, you know, if you cover him with animal urine, the mosquitos won't be attracted to him and you'll be set for the summer!"
Reason I'm asking, is because ds (5yo) is ALLERGIC to mosquito bites--we get lots of mosquitos here on Long Island, NY. By allergic, I don't mean itchy pink bumps like we all get, I mean HUGE (up to 3 inches across) red bumpy sore that itches for a day, then after 1-3 days becomes painful and erupts and oozes clear serous fluid for about a week. The thing doesn't heal for about 2 weeks and scabs over really nasty (people have been very rude and said something like "What the hell is wrong with his skin??"--it gets bad mostly on his legs)....And this is from regular run of the mill mosquitos!! I'm afraid he's gonna scar, not to mention the discomfort and pain the poor little guy is in!
(does this happen to any of your children?) Plus, our area has one of the highest West Nile occurences in the nation....
But I hate the idea of rubbing poison on him as much as I hate the idea of keeping him inside from late spring-early fall! He should be able to run around and play like the other kids without being covered in bandaids and sores the next day! I don't know what to do anymore, and that season is fast approaching.
Thank you all very much,
PS-Please don't post about wearing long sleeves and pants etc...my son gets VERY hot VERY easily, and that's not really an option when you get into the 90's with high humidity. PLUS--all that seems to do is make the mosquitos more attracted to his head and face.