Best Mosquito Repellent and Bug Bite Relief for Kids

 During the summer months, we do a lot of hiking and camping in a part of the country where mosquitos can be a real problem. Mosquito bites are annoying, but we’ve learned they can be a health hazard as well. Kids with itchy bites scratch them (heck, so do adults), leading to open cuts…not ideal hygiene while traveling in the outdoors. Bites that are scratched can become infected, and at the very least, cannot be kept clean.

On our most recent foray into the woods, we came armed with Be Koool’s Itch Relief Patches. These little circular stickers apply directly to the skin, and are medicated with lidocaine and menthol. These are the same ingredients in most anti-itch sprays and lotions, but the stickers are much less messy. Plus, after applying one, it naturally stops your child from itching the spot.

Did it work? Yes! We’re not sure whether the medication helped stop the itch, or simply the barrier from itching, but either way, little fingers were off of bug bites for the afternoon. We’ll keep some patches in our outdoor first aid kit from now on.

When patches will NOT work: The patches don’t stay on while swimming, and shouldn’t be used for serious bites (like intense spider bites). We had some trouble with the patches sticking to one another when we tried to get one from the package; our solution was to keep the various sheets of stickers apart from one another in our day pack.

Buy Itch Relief Patches at any drugstore or convenience store! Learn more at

I was not compensated for this post, though I was given a package of Be Koool for the purpose of review.

About the author

Amy Whitley is a travel writer and founder of family travel website Pit Stops for Kids, the mom of three boys, and an outdoor adventure writer for OutdoorsNW Magazine.

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