WITH the summer heatwave arriving, you may want to spend more time outside with your little one.
But this comes with the risk of mosquito bites, and you might not know what to do if your toddler or newborn is bitten.
Speaking to Romper, doctor Marc E. Childs revealed his guidelines for treating mosquito bites at home for babies and children.
How to treat mosquito bites on children
For treating bites on children, Dr Childs recommends “topical creams, gels, and lotions, such as those containing calamine or pramoxine.”
However, he suggests against regular use of topical anaesthetics and antihistamine products, as these can cause reactions on sensitive skin – especially following sun overexposure.
You can use ice packs to help reduce swelling, and can even mix one part baking soda to one part water to make a paste, which can help soothe itching.
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How to treat mosquito bites on toddlers
Dr Childs says that for the majority of toddlers bite treatment will be the same as older children.
Most lotion and gel treatments are safe for use on youngsters, however if your toddler has particularly sensitive skin or you are otherwise concerned then just contact their GP to check what’s okay to use.
How to treat mosquito bites on babies
Treating bites on babies is slightly more difficult than on children or toddlers, with many treatments being unsuitable for newborns.
Dr Childs recommends that you avoid topical creams, lotions, gels, and antihistamines, instead suggesting applying a cold compress to the affected area, as this will reduce swelling and relieve itching.
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The baking soda method is suitable for babies as it does not contain any medicated creams.
If neither of these suggestions are working then be sure to contact your GP, who may be able to recommend some creams that are suitable for use on babies.
Who can use bug sprays?
The best way to avoid being bitten altogether is to use bug sprays – although even these likely won’t be 100% effective.
Bug sprays, however, will not be suitable for everyone.
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While the majority of children and toddlers can use these sprays, those with particularly sensitive skin and/or allergies may want to check with a doctor before use.
And these sprays are not recommended for use on newborn babies, especially those under two months old.
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