At some point in your kid’s life, they are going to complain about some form of insect bite, which will irritate their skin. In the vast majority of cases, simple home care solutions will put your little one at ease. However, there are times when a bite may lead to a medical emergency, so it is best to know what to do in every eventuality.
We have prepared this quick guide to identify whether your child has been bitten. Hopefully, these tips will help you treat and comfort your child after bug bites and itchiness.
We share our world with all kinds of creatures and some of the smaller ones we encounter find our skin and blood very delicious, while others are just defending themselves when we encroach upon their territory. Either way, if they bite or sting your child, they are likely to be in some discomfort afterward.
The common culprits include:
- Mosquitoes & flies
- Bees & Wasps
Symptoms of Bug Bites
In most cases, an insect bite will usually result in a painful, itchy bump around the area of the bite or the skin. It is also possible there may be some contact dermatitis as a result of the bite, which means other areas of the skin will be affected.
Most of these bites may cause discomfort, but the symptoms will improve quickly. However, there are some rare cases when the bite or sting can cause a severe allergic reaction. If your child has trouble breathing or swallowing after a bee, wasp, or fire ant sting, then you will need to seek immediate medical attention.
The first thing you should do is clean the area around the bite and then apply an antihistamine cream to help with the itching. Cool compresses can also help with any skin inflammation or itchiness.
If your little one was stung by a bee, then carefully scrape the sting out of the wound before doing anything else. Try to discourage your children from itching the affected skin as this can irritate the skin even more, which will then take longer to heal.
The itchiness and discomfort should pass after a few hours, but it sometimes takes a couple of days. Give your pediatrician a call if their symptoms don’t improve, or they develop other symptoms such as a rash or fever.
As with many childhood illnesses, prevention is usually the first line of defense, although this is easier said than done with some insects such as ants and bees. If you live in or visit an area where mosquitoes, fleas, flies, and ticks are common, then you should use insect repellent. Mosquito nets are also highly recommended for their bedrooms as well.
In the summer, you can help to make your children less of a target for certain insects by making sure they always wear shoes, cover up as much skin as possible, and don’t wear really bright colored clothes. Insect repellent can also help.