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Just like adults, babies too can get bitten by different types of insects. The insect bites do not cause any major medical complications in babies and can be treated with topical creams and ointments. Here’s all that you need about insect bites on babies, its symptoms, prevention and various ways of curing it.
How Common Are Insects Bites On Babies?
Insect bites are very common on babies. However, it majorly depends on the time your baby spends indoors or outdoors. Babies who remain most of the time indoors with tightly shut doors and windows are less likely to have insect bites than babies who spend more time outdoors. The weather also plays an important role in this. The insect bites are more common during hot and humid weather than in cold weather.
Symptoms Of Insect Bites In Infants
The insect bite symptoms may vary according to the place of bite, type of insect, whether or not the toxins or irritants have been injected. Also, some babies may not cry or show any signs unless the parents notice it, on the other hand, some babies may cry frantically. Following are some of the symptoms that you may notice:
- Raised red bumps on the skin
- They may be itchy or painful
- Some insect bites appear like blisters
How To Treat Your Baby For Insect Bites?
Following are some options for insect bite treatment for babies:
- You may move your baby to a safer place to avoid more insect bites.
- If you notice the stinger lodged in the skin, try pulling it out with tweezers or fingernails.
- Use soap and water on the bite.
- You may give ibuprofen or paracetamol for pain and Antihistamine for itching to treat ant bites on baby.
- You may apply ice pack on the affected area to soothe itching; it works well in case of bed bug bites on baby.
- You may use hydrocortisone cream or other topical creams to cure various insect bites, such as for flea bites on babies.
- You may apply a paste made from baking soda and water to soothe itching from gnat bites on babies.
All the above-mentioned treatment options work really well in treating most insect bites. However, if you notice that the insect bite is becoming redder or the swelling is increasing, you should seek immediate medical help.
You may try some of the following home remedies to treat insect bites on babies:
- Apply Honey: Honey works really well on insect bites. You may apply honey directly on the insect bite. The soothing properties of honey will help ease the itching and prevents any kind infection.
- Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera is great for any kind of skin related problems. The fresh aloe vera gel provides relief from the discomfort of an insect bite. Aloe vera is very safe for a baby’s skin. You may apply fresh aloe vera, or you may procure natural aloe vera gel from a good store.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: It can help in treating mosquito bites in babies. You may apply this vinegar liberally on the affected area. The only caution you need to exercise is, to keep it away from the baby’s eyes to avoid burning sensation.
- Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is a very good disinfectant. You may take few drops of lemon juice and apply on the affected area. Alternatively, you may rub the lemon peel on the site of the bite to disinfect it.
- Toothpaste: As weird as it may sound, but toothpaste also works well in treating insect bites. Do not use the gel-based ones, instead use the ones with natural ingredients. You may apply a small amount of toothpaste on the affected area to provide relief from itching and swelling.
- Baking Soda Paste: You may take baking soda and add few drops of water to make a paste-like consistency. You may apply this solution to mosquito bites to cure swelling and itching.
These home remedies may help in treating insect bites in babies. It is recommended that you consult your doctor before adopting any home remedial measures to treat insect bites on babies.
How To Prevent Your Child From Getting Insect Bites?
The following measures may reduce your child’s chances of getting stung by insects:
- Do not let your kid roam barefoot on the grass.
- Cover your child properly when you plan any outdoor trips.
- Use mosquito net when sleeping outdoors or with windows open.
- Make use of screens to cover windows and doors.
- Use mosquito and insect repellents.
- Avoid taking your child to insect-prone areas such as beehives, wasp nests, trash cans etc.
Here are a few FAQ’s that will help you know more about insect bites on babies and how you may handle it effectively:
1. Should I Be Concerned If My Child Has Been Bitten Or Stung By Any Insect?
Insect bites are very common in children. Fleas, mosquitoes, spiders or ticks often have milder symptoms, whereas fire ants, bees, wasps and hornet bites can be very painful and discomforting for your child.
2. What To Do If My Baby Is Allergic To Insect?
Some insect bites (wasps, hornets, bees etc.) may cause a severe allergic reaction in babies, and these may cause serious complications. Keep a watch for the below symptoms:
- Abdominal pain or vomiting
- Trouble in breathing
- Rashes on the body
- Increased heartbeat
- Swollen lips or throat
3. How To Treat Sting If My Baby Doesn’t Have Any Allergic Reaction?
If you notice a stinger in your baby’s skin, you may pull it out with your fingernails, tweezers or try scraping it out with a credit card. After washing the area, you may apply ice to reduce swelling and itching. Baking soda solution or calamine solution can be applied to relieve itching. If all these do not help, seek your doctor’s advice immediately.
4. Will Insect Bite or Sting Cause An Infection?
Insect bite or sting may become infected in a few days if your child scratches it with nails. If you notice the bite-site becoming redder, more swollen or your child has a fever, take your child to the hospital. Your child may need a course of antibiotics to treat the infection. Apart from these, if any unusual symptom is registered, you should talk to your doctor.
5. Do You Need To Be Concerned If You Are Travelling Outside Country?
If you are travelling to a country where flies, mosquitoes or other insects are responsible for spreading life-threatening diseases, such as dengue, malaria, chikungunya or yellow fever, you should talk to your health care practitioner about the same. You may be advised to give a shot or take medicines to help your child fight with these ailments.
Insect bites are common, and 100 percent prevention is impossible. However, the exposure of your baby to these can be minimised through careful planning and infections can be swiftly handled.