Whether we like it or not, mosquitoes are out in full swarm for the season. This is time of year when playing children and up coming home with itchy bumps that can be a real nuisance. The good news is that this season you can treat children’s mosquito bites quickly and easily in a way that helps prevent scratching, irritation, and infection!
The first thing to keep in mind when your child has one or several mosquito bites is that they are an inflammation. This means that getting rid of the swelling can help drastically cut back on the itching and irritation. The moment you notice a bite, apply ice to help prevent exaggerated swelling. This can even be made into a fin game or challenge for your child to help stop any tears and keep them interested in the process.
There are several gentle calamine lotions on the market that use natural ingredients to help cut down on swelling and irritation. It’s a good idea to have your favorite calamine lotion on hand wherever you go to stop itchy bites in their tracks.
The most important step you can take to prevent problems with mosquito bites is to prevent scratching. Even dull fingernails on children are sharp enough to invite bacteria in to the swollen bite area. The ScratchMeNot flip mitten sleeves are a great item to have on hand all year round, and their soft texture is a simple and effective way to prevent scratching in children. You can use your flip-mitten scratch gloves for everything from bug bites and poison ivy to eczema and rashes! Learn more here.
Throughout the time that your child’s mosquito bite is present, keep your eye on it and make sure that it is getting better each day. If you happen to notice the bite looking infected, larger, or changing color, it’s a good idea to reach out to your pediatrician or doctor for further advice.
Here are a few tips to help cut down on the number of mosquitoes that live near your home…
ª Remove any standing water from around your home. Pools, rain gutters, bird baths, etc. should all be refreshed often and watched for mosquito activity.
ª Use a safe, gentle, and natural insect repellant on your children – even for brief outdoor play sessions.
ª Keep screens on windows and doors closed to stop bugs from getting inside.
ª Keep your eye on the times of day when mosquitoes seem to be most active in your area. Stay indoors during this time, or dress in long sleeves and long pants if you need too be outside.
* Last, but not least, use an all natural mosquito repellant for your yard that’s main ingredient is garlic! Works wonders.
Here’s to a bite-free summer!