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When my son was an infant, we didn’t live in an area with tons of mosquitoes, fleas and ticks to my knowledge. I cannot remember treating a single bug bite on him in his two years of life. But, since we’ve moved to the Pacific Northwest and now have a woodsy area across the street and are in nature more, things might be different.
Those red bumps we get on ourselves are so itchy and frightful looking when they are huge, aren’t they? Have you seen one on your little human’s body? Poor baby!
I am a total bug-phobe and tend to get startled when I see any kind of bug in my house or outside. Bummer for me, because I have seen so many new bug species since we’ve moved and the house spiders are much bigger here than where I am from in Southern California.
So yes, I’m a little nervous to experience the Spring and Summer seasons in this new environment (bug season). Becoming more knowledgeable about how to treat insect bites on my little one may actually come in handy in my future.
Let’s face it: no matter what the size, bugs are gross and we don’t want their germ carrying bodies on our little ones.
Mosquitoes, fleas and ticks tend to reside near bodies of water, tall and thick grassy areas and in the woods or forest. They also are out in larger quantities during the warmer times of the year.
When it’s time for your little one’s Easter egg hunt in the grass for example, you’ll want to take note of where he/she is hunting. During the Summer, with BBQs come ants, bees, wasps and hornets. If you’re near bodies of water, then you’ll likely have to prepare for mosquitoes.
It would be best to stay aware of where you will be and for how long you will be there prior to your outing. If your baby is playing in-doors with nicely sealed screens, you have nothing to worry about.
If you know you will be outside for several hours you’ll want to plan for your day and take preventative measures for bites.
Your best bet would be to try to keep your child calm, keep them from choking on any vomit and administer any CPR or infant CPR if needed while waiting for help.
Emergency/medical personnel will likely administer a shot of epinephrine if the allergy is severe and provide you with future recommendations should they believe this scenario could repeat due to allergies.
According to Babycenter:
I remember learning about Lyme disease in school and it was quite frightening for me to picture this tiny bug in-bedding it’s head under my skin and sucking blood out of me! At least mosquitoes are somewhat discreet blood suckers!
Ticks can fight to stick to you or your baby and can be difficult at times to remove.
If you are taking your child out where ticks might be prevalent, just be sure to monitor their skin during the day and then again when you get back inside for the day/night. Go over their skin inch by inch, look all over!
Not all ticks carry the bacteria which causes Lyme disease but unfortunately some do. Some tick bites can be treated with antibiotics if they are caught right away. But this is not always necessary.
A sure sign of a tick bite causing Lyme disease is the bulls-eye pattern it makes. Sometimes though, this pattern may not be present. There will be a red spot surrounded by a red ring on the skin.
According to Lymedisease.org, some symptoms include:
Some preventative tips for protecting your child from ticks according to Babycenter would be:
In conclusion, there are a lot of safe bug repellents on the market for baby. Be sure to read our guide on baby-safe and effective repellants.
I would recommend to keep a proactive mindset when going outdoors with your little one to prevent any bites in the first place. Be aware of your environment, dress accordingly, guard accordingly, and check that baby when you get home and at bath time. For your baby’s sake, better to be safe than bitten!
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