Babies are the easiest target to attack by many insects including mosquitoes. Your toddler won’t even be able to tell you that a mosquito has bitten his chubby little cheek or thigh. Mosquito bites on babies can be really painful and itching.
Causes of mosquito bites on babies
- If your baby spends most of his time outside, he is more prone to mosquito bites than the baby who remains inside.
- Your baby is wearing exposed dress. In this way, his blood is a good meal for mosquitoes.
- There is perfumed lotion in the baby’s room.
- Your baby is sweating. Mosquitoes are attracted to sweat odor easily.
Symptoms of mosquito bites on babies
Every disease is followed by some symptoms and, so, bites are too. The symptoms for mosquito bites on babies include:
- Small red bumps
- Itchy skin
- Reddish swollen areas
- Baby is crying and scratching any part of his body
- Baby in discomfort
- An allergic reaction in the form of large lesion on skin
How to treat mosquito bites on babies?
Discourage your baby not to scratch as it may worsen the mosquito-bitten area. Scratching can lead to bleeding and even infection. Cut his fingernails short in order to prevent itching.
To reduce itching, apply any of the following:
- Calamine lotion
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Use Polysporin (antibiotic ointment), in case if the bite seems to be infected.
In order to reduce itching, you can use antihistamine syrup. It is far better to check with your GP before giving your baby any medicine as babies are quite sensitive and need special care.
If any of the following symptoms appear with a mosquito bite, immediately check with your doctor.
- Swollen throat
- Swollen lips
- Difficulty in breathing
Home Remedies to treat Mosquito Bites on babies
You can try out some natural remedies as well to treat mosquito bites. Home remedies are very effective and are also free from side effects.
One of the most effective and easily available home remedies to use is sea salt. It is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic in nature. Use sea salt and water to clean the mosquito-bitten area. It will reduce pain.
Aloe Vera is not only beneficial for skin but it is also effective to treat mosquito bites. Due to its antiseptic nature, it reduces pain and itchiness.
How to apply?
- Keep Aloe Vera gel in the refrigerator for a total of 10 to 15 minutes.
- Apply on the affected area after it’s cooled.
Again, one of the most easily available home remedy to use is ice. It is best in preventing inflammation.
How to apply?
- Put some ice cubes in a clean cloth.
- Dab it on the skin repeatedly for some time.
Lemons are easily available at home. They have anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties.
How to apply?
- Cut a lemon into 2 halves.
- Rub it over the affected area.
You may also apply freshly squeezed lemon juice on affected area.
Honey is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial in nature. Apply a thin layer of honey on the affected area. It will control inflammation and reduces pain.
Keep good care of your baby’s dressing. Make sure he is wearing light-colored clothes with long sleeves. Apply insect repellants on your baby’s cloth. Try to avoid spraying them directly on your baby’s skin. If your baby is more than 2 years old, you can then apply an insect repellant containing a maximum of 10% DEET on your baby’s skin. Always cover your baby’s cot and car seat with a net in order to avoid mosquitoes.
Mosquito bites on babies are the reason for many discomforts and pains. It is better to prevent them before things go out of hand. Avoid any steps which can expose your baby’s skin or make him an easy target for mosquitoes. Keep your baby in your supervision instead of leaving him on others. Although mosquito bites can be treated by a lot of remedies which include many from home but still it’s better to prevent than to cure. Keep your baby safe and healthy by following these preventions and by curing him with these remedies in case he got infected.