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How to treat insect bites on toddlers

Updated on September 8, 2010
How to treat insect bites on toddlers
How to treat insect bites on toddlers

Insect bites

Insect bites and stings are common in children, especially during the summer and spring months. Kids love to play outside in the summertime. Mosquitoes, and some spiders can cause only itching or swelling. Stings from bees, and fire ants can be painful to kids. But they are not serious. Mosquito bites are generally annoying, but not dangerous unless you have a severe allergy or receive a great number of bites. As with any insect bite, if you experience symptoms of a serious reaction, which include swelling of his lips and throat, the development of a rash, wheezing or difficulty breathing, you must seek medical help right away. Insects can be a problem but there are things you can do to treat insect bites. Learn how to treat insect bites on toddlers.

Types of insect sting reaction:

The severity of insect sting reaction varies from child to child. There are 3 types of reaction: Normal, local reaction and allergic reaction.

1. Normal reaction: A normal reaction usually end up in pain, swelling, and redness around the sting site.

2. Local reaction: A local reaction will result in swelling. But it extends beyond the sting site.

3. Allergic reaction: Allergic reaction will cause wheezing or trouble breathing, vomiting, hives or rash, abdominal cramps, sleepiness, confusion, rapid heartbeat and swelling of his lips or throat. If any of the symptoms present, seek medical help right away.

Calamine lotion for insect bites
Calamine lotion for insect bites

 How to treat normal or localized insect sting reaction:

Localized reaction will cause your toddler some discomfort. They do not present any significant threat.

1. Wash the area thoroughly with soap and water.

2. Apply the cold compress such as ice packs or frozen cold packs. This will help to control the localized reaction to bug bites or bee sting.

3. Anti itch cream: Now you can apply anti itch cream such as calamine lotion or a 1% hydrocortisone cream to the bite area.

4. Other medications: Other medications, include an oral antihistamine for itching, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), or pain medications, such
as ibuprofen may also help for insect bites.

5. Antibiotics may be needed if the bite becomes infected.

6. You can also make a paste with baking soda and water for insect bites.

How to treat allergic insect sting reaction:

If your child has severe reaction on insect bites, seek medical help immediately. If the health care provider thinks that your toddler is allergicto insect bites and there is fear of allergic reaction in the future. Then the doctor may recommend to purchase an emergency kit that containsepinephrine injectors. These devices look like magic markers and automatically administer the right dose of epinephrine to stop the allergic reaction. Do not forget to ask them lot of questions about how to use the injectors.

Epinephrine injector for severe allergic reaction
Epinephrine injector for severe allergic reaction
Female black widow spider
Female black widow spider

Other insect bites:

Poisonous spiders

1. Female black widow spider: The most common type of poisonous spider is female black widwow spider. Bites from these spiders are rare. It is black in color with a red hourglass marking on the bottom of the abdomen. These spiders are typically one half inch in diameter. Some of the symptoms are pain in abdomen, cramping, nausea, vomiting and tingling sensation in the hands.

2. Brown recluse spider: Brown recluse spider is brown in color and has white violin pattern on its back.

 How to prevent insect bites on toddlers:

1. You can buy commercial insect repellents. These repellents will do a fair job of keeping mosquitoes away. Ask your doctor first.

2. Wear shoes and socks on your child when playing outdoors.

3. Avoid scented soaps and lotions which might attract some bugs.

4.  Try to keep your pets free of fleas.

How to treat insect bites on toddlers:


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    • alispaisley profile image

      alispaisley 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this blog.

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      Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

      Very informative hub! I use tea tree oil for bites that works great for my is natural too. I think the thing that I am the most afraid of are spider bites. They say you can get bit and not even know it. Yuck!

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      great hub!very useful.