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Remedies for mosquito bites on babies

May 14th, 2018 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Remedies for mosquito bites on babies)

Mosquito bites on babies are itchy bumps that forms after mosquitoes puncture the skin and feed on the blood. It usually disappears in a few days. Sometimes, it can result to severe swelling, soreness and redness and this type of reaction is called skeeter syndrome.

Bites from mosquitoes carry viruses or parasites that cause severe illness such as malaria, yellow fever and infection of the brain or encephalitis.

A baby can be bitten by mosquitoes while playing outdoors and usually affects the necks, ankles, hands and the face. It causes swelling and severe itching. Bites can cause serious disease on the baby. Babies are easy preys of mosquitoes and not aware how to deal with them.

Causes of mosquito bites on babies

  • Exposed areas of the body of the babies which are not covered with clothing.
  • Stagnant bodies of water, flower vases and decorative petal pans with water are breeding areas of the mosquitoes.
  • Uncovered garbage cans
  • Uncovered food which easily attracts mosquitoes and other insects
  • Dirty kitchen

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    A baby can be bitten by mosquitoes while playing outdoors and usually affects the necks, ankles, hands and the face. It causes swelling and severe itching.

  • Watering plant during evening
  • Sweat on babies attracts mosquitoes due to its warmth and smell
  • Perfumed cream and lotions applied on the skin of babies

Symptoms

  • Small red bump
  • Large area of swelling on the skin
  • An elevated area with white center and a red dot
  • Dark spots forms that looks like a bruise in a day or two after the bite
  • Scratching of the skin indicates itchiness
  • Mild fever
  • Swelling lymph nodes
  • Hives

Treatment

  • Apply cold compress on the bitten area to lessen the swelling and the pain. Soak a clean washcloth in cold water, wring out excess water and then place it on the area. Another alternative is applying a deodorant with aluminum chloride to lessen the itchiness and the size of the bite.
  • Apply calamine lotion on the bite to lessen the itchiness of the area.
  • Cut fingernails of the baby to avoid scratching the bite and prevent development of infections and worsen the condition.
  • Apply prescribed over-the-counter antihistamine creams to lessen the itchiness and the swelling.
  • Crush 1-2 tablets of aspirin. Add a few drops of water, mix them until it becomes the consistency of a paste and then apply it to the affected area. Aspirin has acetyl acids which is rich in anti-inflammatory properties that prevent development of infections.
  • Prescribed 1 %hydrocortisone cream or gel applied to the bitten area at least 4 times every day.
  • Dissolve 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of water. Mix them well and soak a clean washcloth in the solution and place it directly on the bitten area and leave it on for at least 10-15 minutes to lessen the itchiness and restore the normal pH level of the skin.
  • Make a salt paste by mixing sea salt with a few drops of water. Mix them well until it becomes a paste and then apply it directly on the affected area to stop itchiness.

Mosquito bites on the eyelid

December 18th, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in Being Prepared - (Comments Off on Mosquito bites on the eyelid)

One bite from a mosquito can result in severe itchiness and swelling and sometimes can cause diseases such as malaria as well as dengue. Only the female mosquito bites and sucks blood from human and animals while the male get their foods on the nectar and juices of plants.

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The mosquito punctures the skin using their needle-like structure called proboscis and during the bite they release a saliva that causes itching and swelling.

Mosquito bites on the eyelids can lead to severe swelling than in any part of the body that is bitten by the mosquito because the skin on the eyelids is loose and sensitive. With only a little bite, it can cause severe swelling and there is difficulty closing the eye. The bites of mosquitoes can cause accumulation of fluid on the eye while the color of the eyelid becomes pale-pinkish. The swelling is soft similar to a water balloon and the eyelid becomes bouncy. There is itchiness of the eyelid but does not cause pain and when the swelling has disappeared, there is a presence of red dot which is the bitten area.

Treatment

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Mosquito bites on the eyelids can lead to severe swelling than in any part of the body that is bitten by the mosquito because the skin on the eyelids is loose and sensitive.

  • Apply an ice pack by using a few ice cubes and wrap it in clean cloth and place it on the affected area for a few minutes to lessen the itching and swelling. Apply an ice pack every hour for at least 2-3 times every day.
  • Apply an aloe vera gel to relieve the swelling and itchiness caused by a mosquito bite. Aloe vera gel has natural antibacterial properties that help in preventing infections. Chill aloe Vera gel before applying to the affected area for best result.
  • Using salt helps lessen unwanted symptoms caused by a mosquito bite. Prepare the solution by mixing salt in a glass of water. Wash the affected eyelid using the solution. Salt contains a mild antiseptic and anti-inflammatory property that helps with the condition. Another way is by swimming in sea water because salt water has natural salt properties.
  • Using baking soda also helps to lessen itching and swelling caused by a mosquito bite due to its alkaline properties. The skin is neutralized which helps lessen the itchiness. Make a paste by mixing one teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of water. Mix them well until it becomes a paste, apply it on the affected eyelid and avoid getting inside the eyes. Rinse the area using lukewarm water after 10-15 minutes.
  • Toothpaste helps lessen the itching and swelling. Take a small amount of toothpaste that contains menthol or peppermint and dab it on the affected area of the eyelid. Toothpaste has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with the fast healing of the infection.
  • If the affected person develops hives, wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty in swallowing and swelling and the pain becomes persistent, seek medical help immediately.