Summer is in full swing! Kids are constantly outside swimming, rolling in the grass and just being kids! As much as we love watching the kiddos have a great time outdoors, we have to be careful when it comes to the pests that are buzzing around outside. When your child tells you they have been bitten or stung, or you notice a bright red mark on your child, the best thing to do is to try and treat it. Here are a few tips in how to treat those itchy and irritating bites and stings.
Mosquito bites: Generally, mosquito bites are just an itchy pain. They can get very big and red, but overall they are harmless. You can apply an ice pack to the bite to relieve swelling and redness. Also for a natural treatment, applying aloe vera helps calm the inflammation and itchiness. You can also purchase a calamine lotion to relieve itchiness from your neighborhood stores.
Spider bites: Here is when things get tricky! Spider bites can be harmless, but some bites can be very dangerous. Spider bites tend to me more painful than itchy, but they are also very red and the swelling tends to occur faster. A natural spider bite treatment is to cut a garlic clove and squeeze just a tiny bit of garlic juice on the bite. Don’t leave the juice on too long or it will burn the skin. If you notice your child is having a reaction to the bite, do not hesitate to call a healthcare professional! It is always better to be safe!
Bee stings: Bee stings are usually red and you might see a bump where the sting occurred. The stings can feel hot to the touch and may be achy a few days after the sting. Aloe vera will help calm any inflammation and can help the swelling go down. Call a healthcare professional is you suspect any type of allergic reaction!
I hope these tips will be helpful to you as the summer rolls along!
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