There are many treatments when it comes to bug bites and kids.  Some work and some are old wives tales.  You never really know what to try and what will work.  Thankfully, I’ve found some really great methods to treat bug bites on kids! Here are some steps to take when treating bites. These steps are in no particular order.

Head Off the Swelling:  If you happen to see a mosquito biting on your child, gently sweep the bug off then apply ice to the affected area.   A roll-on deodorant that contains aluminum chloride can help too: It will shrink down a bite in no time.

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Ease the Itching:  Apply calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream to treat the bug bite as needed. If you don’t have any calamine or hydrocortisones, make a paste out of baking soda and water to help relieve the itching.

Discourage scratching:  Your child’s nails can sometimes let in bacteria from scratching.  Do your best to cut their nails as best you can to keep those little fingers from opening up the bite repeatedly.

Call the Doctor:   If you see any signs of infection (most likely to happen if your child scratches or picks at a bite) such as redness, swelling, or pus, or if the area around the bite feels warm to the touch. Mosquitoes can carry disease — in particular, West Nile virus. Four out of five people who are infected with this virus don’t get sick at all, according to the Centers for Disease Control, but you should still be aware of the symptoms, which include fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting.

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Take off Jewelry:  Its best if you take off any jewelry if the child has any on.  It may not come off later if the affected area starts to swell.

Elevate:  If the sting was on the arm or leg, its best to elevate the limb to reduce swelling.

Give Pain Relievers: Give pain relievers asap,  that are made for babies or children, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can help. Be sure to follow the dosing instructions on the bottle.

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Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.