Mosquitoes are known to be a common vector of fatal diseases such as malaria, Japanese encephalitis, dengue, West Nile virus and Yellow fever. Mosquitoes bite their vulnerable victims who are mostly toddlers regardless of their race, gender, or economic status. Although most mosquito bites are harmless, there are mosquitoes that carry certain viruses and parasites that might cause serious health complications for your toddler. Mosquitoes can cause sickness and death through the diseases they can carry. This is the reason why every parent should be extra cautious especially when going out on an outdoor activity where protection against these dangerous insects can be very minimal. You can never tell when these disease carrier insects will attack your toddler. Nothing is scarier than your child becoming sick from a simple mosquito bite. Caring for a mosquito bite on a toddler or baby can be a very stressful situation without the proper knowledge, so read this article and learn what to do in an emergency bug bite.
How to get rid of Mosquito Bites on Toddlers
The life of an adult mosquito is 4 to 8 weeks long. Mosquitoes find their prey by detecting heat, perspiration, body odor, and the emission of carbon dioxide. The mouthparts of mosquitoes are adapted to pierce the skin hence their bites can be really painful on a toddler’s skin. These bites are itchy bumps that emerge after a mosquito punctures a child’s skin and feed on blood. Probably one of the biggest fears of parents is a swollen bug bite on their toddler. Panic starts to set in and they start pondering the worst possible scenarios. What if the mosquito bites the face, or they have a very allergic reaction? Follow this guide for some tips, but never replace the advice from a professional!
Common symptoms of mosquito bites include soft bumps on the skin that may become pink, red, and itchy. You need to be especially aware of bumps that show up on your kid as they may not be from mosquitoes, instead from bugs such as chiggers, gnats, ticks, and other harmful insects. If possible, visit a doctor for any mysterious bug bites on your child’s body, especially since spider bites can vary greatly in the way they appear.
Toddlers are very sensitive to mosquito bites. Most bites occur at either dusk or dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. When a mosquito bites your toddler, it treats spit containing anticoagulants into the child. The child’s defense mechanisms tend to fight back, causing itchiness, burning, and inflation. The bites’ effects depend on the child’s sensitivity. The itchiness and inflammation may reduce within hours but the pain continue to persist for several days in most toddlers. Your toddler can get infections if the bacteria under finger nails are relocated to the injuries. A serious reaction to mosquito bites might occur on your child’s skin, which results in inflammation in the neck, significant hives and coughing. This life-threatening condition needs immediate treatment.
When your toddler is bitten by mosquitoes, you can use ice to cool the effect of the bite while reducing the swelling. However, ice is a temporary solution and the best way to cure the mosquito bite is to apply a natural mosquito bite formula to the child’s skin. It’s advisable to use a natural ailment. When a mosquito bites a child’s skin, it literally rips a part of his or her body. Therefore if you apply a hazardous chemical onto the bite, it can bring long term effects on the child’s skin. Avoid various chemicals that could cause serious reactions at all costs.
Ensure you dress your toddler appropriately when outdoors. Even if the weather is warm, it’s advisable to cover his or her arms and legs with clothing. A long-sleeve shirt and pants, and pants can protect your child from mosquito bites. Destroy all the breeding grounds such as stagnant and murky waters. Eliminate all the sources of stagnant water around your home and yard, such as empty cans, tries, bird paths, empty bottles, and pools.
Seal potential access points
Sealing all the access points discourages mosquitoes from building colonies in your home. Therefore you must seal any cracks and holes in your home. You can also put window screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your house. Close your doors and windows, especially at night when mosquitoes are active. This is a very essential step in keeping mosquitoes away from your child. Mosquito bites on children or toddlers can become infected, red, swollen, and problematic very quickly. See, toddlers don’t have the will power to not scratch an itch and will irritate the skin until it bleeds. Open wounds are a thriving environment for infection to invade. Keep bacteria away from your child by putting a bandaid and anti-itching cream over the spot after your child has been bitten.
If you are going to be outdoors with your toddler during the hot summer months when mosquitoes are most prevalent, you can control them by using bug sprays or repellent lotions. Apply insect repellent on your child’s skin and clothing. You can apply insect repellent directly to your child’s clothes, or apply it on their skin. You can as well use candles or other methods that protect a small area. There are tons of insect repellents on the market that have been proven to reduce the mosquito population in the area, leaving your toddlers bite-free. If needed, consider keeping your young ones inside away from the harmful, disease-transferring insects.
Even the best preventative measures sometimes fail to protect your toddler from mosquito bites. In the case of a reaction, a calamine lotion or hydrocortisone cream will provide relief from itching. A cool bath without soap, ice cubes and a cold pack may help relieve symptoms as well. It may seem really scary to treat an adolescent or young baby who has a mosquito bite, but remember to stay calm and mature about the situation. If you start panicking, then the child will panic as well, escalating the situation.
Mosquito, as tiny as they seem can be the vector of deadly diseases. To spare your toddler from acquiring these diseases might as well do preventive measures. As they say, prevention is better than cure which is so true. It is better to equip yourself with preventive measures so to avoid severe diseases.