Spring and summer are wonderful seasons, the only thing a pity is that many insects find that too. Some insects see you and the baby as a bite (think of mosquitoes) stinging other insects because they feel threatened (like wasps or bees). Whatever the reason, one insect bite with the baby is quite annoying because it always causes some complaints such as itching and swelling. Read here what you can do with an insect bite with the baby.
Identify insect bites in the baby
You can recognize an insect bite in the baby because a red bump occurs, the skin swells or the skin turns red. The baby may have a poisonous insect bite or a non-toxic insect bite. In the case of a poisonous insect bite, the insect injected some poison into the skin. Your baby is probably stung by a bee, bumblebee or wasp.
Always suck the poison out of the skin within 2 minutes by means of a vacuum pump (not with your mouth). If one has stung your baby, you must first take the sting out of the wound. Do this preferably with your nails and not with tweezers. If you use tweezers, the chances are bigger that the sting will break.
It is possible that the insect bite causes an allergic reaction in the baby. Keep an eye on your baby.
Mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and lice also protrude, but this is among the non-toxic insect bites. The stitch itself is not painful (as is the case with wasps, for example). The bite can cause a lot of itching.
If your baby is stung by a tick, that little beast will stay 'cozy' on your baby and will completely suck up with blood. You have to manually remove the tick with a tick handle. Do this as soon as possible because ticks can carry a bacterium that causes Lyme disease. It is very important that the tick is removed with paws and all. If the legs remain, then a new tick just grows again. If you do not know exactly how to remove a tick, go to the doctor so that it can be done!
Treat mosquito bite baby
Usually the insect bite in the baby is caused by a mosquito. Fortunately a mosquito is not poisonous and does not hurt the stitch. But unfortunately we all know that a mosquito bite is anything but fun, because they can itch. Your baby also suffers from that. You can reduce the itch by keeping the hump cool, for example by using a washcloth with ice cubes or a towel with ice cubes. What also seems to help is putting some lemon or vinegar on the mosquito bite.
Mosquito bite baby does not go away
In most cases, a mosquito bite in the baby is harmless, but it is possible that complaints arise after the mosquito bite. Normally, the bump should sink after about 36 hours. So it can take more than 2 days for the bump to be completely gone. If your child is hypersensitive to mosquito bites, a blister may develop or more itchy bumps may develop. If you notice this, it is good to go to the doctor. You also have to call for fatigue, fever or nausea.
Ointment insect bites baby
An insect bite with the baby always causes itching, so you can try to relieve the itch after each bite by cooling the place where your child is stuck with a compress or gauze.
There are also various types of ointments against insect bites. Be very careful whether you can use the ointment. Many ointments should not be used in children who are younger than two years, for example ointments with methol powder. Menthol powder can cause anxiety in children. Therefore, opt for an ointment with aloe vera or calendula.
When contacting the doctor?
In most cases, the worst itching of an insect bite in the baby is over after about 2 days. However, if your baby is very sensitive or allergic, an insect bite can have worse consequences. Keep an eye on your baby after an insect bite. Contact your doctor quickly if you notice the following signs:
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Dizziness or fainting.
- Trouble or trouble with breathing.
- A rash occurs and / or swellings in other places.
- Allergic reaction: If your child is not alert, unconscious or very stuffy then you should call 112 immediately, possibly there is an allergic reaction!
- If your child is placed near the mouth, throat or neck, go to the doctor with your child. When your child is stung here, it is possible that the tongue and mucous membranes start swelling so that your child can not breathe properly.
- If your child is younger than 3 years old and you notice several insect bites, then you should also contact us.
Prevent insect bites in the baby
The following applies to an insect bite with the baby: prevention is better than cure. If you take into account the points below, you can already prevent a lot of suffering!