4 ways to treat mosquito bites in kids

People of all ages can fall victim to mosquito bites, but children may have the hardest time dealing with the annoying itching that follows.

So, how can you treat your little one’s mosquito bite? Here are four ways to minimize the scratching:

  • Apply a cold pack or a baggie of crushed ice to the bite as soon as possible to help prevent itching and swelling. Roll-on deodorants that contain aluminum chloride can help shrink the bite as well.
  • Ease itching by applying hydrocortisone cream, calamine lotion or a paste to the bug bite. According to the Mayo Clinic, you can make a paste by taking 1 teaspoon of water and mixing it with an equal volume of dry meat tenderizer. This also works for bee and wasp stings.
  • Discourage your child from scratching. Scratching can break the skin around the bite and cause an infection.
  • Call your doctor if you think your child has an infection. Signs include redness, swelling, puss or the area may feel warm to the touch. Most people never get sick from a mosquito bite, but mosquitoes do carry disease, including theWest Nilevirus. If your child develops a fever, headache or nausea, call your doctor and mention the bite.

The best treatment is prevention. Use an insect repellant on children before they play outdoors. Dress children in long pants or long sleeves if you know they will be playing in a mosquito-infested area. Also, avoid playing outside at dusk when mosquitoes are most active, and dump any standing water around the yard that can serve as a breeding spot.

Phone the Baptist Health Line 24/7 at (270) 575-2918 if you have questions about insect bites. Our nurses welcome your questions, and we’ll answer them here every Wednesday.

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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