Babies are sensitive. When a bug is flying around, it won’t avoid your child because she’s an infant – the bug is trying to survive. Mosquito bites on infants are common, and you want to do your best to keep your child’s body covered so that these bites don’t occur.
But if they do occur, you need to know how to treat mosquito bites on babies so that they don’t stay in an uncomfortable situation.
We’re going to discuss how to treat mosquito bites on toddlers from start to finish.
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Treat the bites properly
You need to treat bug bites on babies properly. I recommend starting with a basic treatment plan that looks something like this:
- Control swelling: The swelling and red marks are the first sign of a bite. These signs can be controlled rather easily with one of two items: ice pack, or aluminum chloride (found in many deodorants). Simple and fast, using these two methods will quickly reduce the swelling and puffiness that is causing further irritation and discomfort.
- Reduce itching: The next step is to help reduce the itching that is driving your baby crazy. You’ll want to use a cream for mosquito bites rather than your normal baby lotion. Johnson’s Baby Oil works very well or some other form of calamine lotion will work well, too. Hydrocortisone creams can also be applied with great success.
These are your two methods of treatments if you notice mosquito marks on babies. But this is just the start of what you should be doing to treat these pesky bug bites. You’ll also want to do a few extra things to ensure that your baby remains comfortable:
- Stop the scratching: Bug bites itch, and you need to find a way to prevent your child from scratching the bite too much. Even your baby’s little nails can lead to cuts and add to the potential of infection occurring. If your toddler is old enough, you can explain why scratching is bad. Another great option is to simply trim your baby’s nails to minimize the impact of the scratching.
If you notice that your baby is suffering from additional symptoms or he or she has an infection, it’s time to call a doctor to seek professional treatment. The signs that you should be on the lookout for when an infection occurs are:
- Warm area around the bite
You also need to be concerned that mosquitoes do carry disease. Many people contract diseases from mosquitoes, but never exhibit symptoms. The main disease that causes concerns for mothers and babies is contracting West Nile virus.
This virus is often silent and doesn’t cause people to get sick, but when a person does get sick, they will suffer from:
When these symptoms are present, you should consult with your doctor and discuss the bite with them. You might find that your baby is just fine and that there’s nothing to worry about. But since you’re taking a proactive approach, you’ll be better able to combat potential complications caused by West Nile.
There are also times when a baby will experience other symptoms from a bite. If your baby exhibits any of the following symptoms, you’ll want to contact your doctor or seek medical attention:
- Swollen lips
- Swollen neck
- Difficulty breathing
Some babies and adults are allergic to mosquito bites, so you need to take the appropriate steps to ensure that if your baby is allergic to these bites, she can get the care she needs.
6 Natural remedies to treat mosquito bites on babies
When you want to keep everything that comes in contact with your baby as natural as possible, you should seek out natural remedies to relieve symptoms. A few home remedies that have been shown to relieve the symptoms of mosquito bites can be found in your pantry.
Apply these home remedies today to treat those pesky mosquito bites:
- Aloe: A majority of the creams and lotions you’ll buy for mosquito bites contain aloe. This is a mainstay in any home with a baby, and it will work to reduce itching and swelling. The great thing about aloe is that it will also allow for smooth, soft skin. You can take aloe from the aloe plant or from the aloe juice you buy in the store. This is the perfect choice for sensitive babies.
- Baking Soda: A little baking soda and water will help relieve mosquito bite symptoms. What you want to do is place baking soda into a bowl and slowly mix in water. Once a paste has formed, apply the paste to the bite. The paste will help reduce swelling and also relieve the itching.
- Vinegar: Organic apple cider vinegar is a great source for mosquito relief and can be applied directly to the mosquito bite in small amounts. Make sure you keep the vinegar away from the baby’s eyes to prevent burning.
- Raw Honey: Honey is a great natural remedy, and your baby should have natural, local honey in her diet to help reduce the amount of allergies she suffers from. You can apply the honey right to the bite, and it will help prevent infection and provide great relief, too.
- Toothpaste: If you brush your teeth, you have toothpaste handy. A neat trick to provide immediate relief is to apply a small amount of toothpaste to the baby’s skin. You’ll only want to follow this tip if you have toothpaste that’s all-natural to avoid any reactions to some of the harsh ingredients in other forms of toothpaste.
- Lemon Juice: If you have a lemon available, you’ll want to cut the lemon in half and drip a few drops of lemon juice on to the bite. You can also choose to rub the lemon peel on the bite. The lemon juice will help to disinfect the bite.
Natural remedies allow you to help alleviate much of your baby’s discomfort and symptoms that would otherwise cause your baby to itch and potentially cry.
But what’s even better than applying natural treatments?
Preventing bites from occurring in the first case. You’ll need to remain very diligent if you want to avoid mosquito bites, and there will be times when you do everything in your power, but a mosquito finds a way to bite your skin.
Preventing mosquito bites through diligence
Diligence is the key to preventing mosquito bites. A few of the most important things that you can do to stop mosquito bites include:
- Clothing: If you plan to go to an area where mosquitoes are in abundance, you can ensure that your baby’s skin is covered as much as possible. Don’t allow the baby to overheat in the summer sun, but when possible, keep pants and long sleeve shirts on your baby to reduce the amount of skin exposed. Of course, you can’t do much for the baby’s face, head or hands.
- Avoid wet areas: Mosquitoes like to live near bodies of water, and when it rains, mosquitoes will be out in full force. One of the biggest mistakes that people make is allowing water to remain standing in their yards. Key areas, such as a bird bath, can cause mosquitoes to come out and stay around your home. If it rains or you plan to go near a still body of water, be sure to apply a repellent to prevent mosquito bites.
- Repellents: Mosquito repellents are available for babies, too, and you should apply these repellents to keep all types of bugs away from the baby. Keep in mind that there are also natural repellents that can keep bugs from biting your child.
Bugs will still roam around and will target any human that they can feed on out in the open. While there’s only so much that you can do to treat or prevent a mosquito bite, you should follow the points outlined above to ensure that your baby isn’t a victim of nasty bug bites.
Again, if you find that the bite won’t go away, fever sets in or the baby is vomiting, you need to go straight to the doctor to ensure that your baby is okay.
The good news is that these bites are so common and the vast majority of bites will go away in a day or two.
If you treat the bite properly, your baby will be far more comfortable and have less of a risk of infection or long-lasting side effects.