Infants are just as prone to bug bites as adults. But when it comes to treating these bites, it’s important to be extra careful with infants. Babies have sensitive skin and are especially vulnerable to the chemicals found in most over-the-counter treatment products. This is why the best type of insect repellant for babies is an all-natural option. Here’s a roundup of some of the most effect all-natural bug remedies from the experts at MosquitoNix.
How to Identify Bug Bites on Babies
Unfortunately, babies can’t tell us when they have an itchy mosquito bite or a painful ant bite. They’ll fuss and cry, of course, but it’s much easier to find the problem and ease their discomfort when you know how to spot specific insect bites. Mosquitos bites, for example, are characterized by a small red bump with a puncture mark in the center. Ant bites typically leave behind a red mark that swells and fills with fluid, while fly bites are also red and tend to turn into blisters.
Best All-Natural Bug Bite Remedies
Luckily, there are many safe ways to ease your baby’s bug bite pain. In fact, you may already have some of these all-natural remedies in your medicine or kitchen cabinet. Here are some of the most effective options, as well as advice on how to administer them.
Green Tea: Green tea is packed with natural anti-inflammatory properties that help ease discomfort and shrink the bite. To use, store already-seeped green tea bags in a baggie in your fridge and apply to bite when needed.
Milk: The soothing proteins in milk can help calm inflammation, reduce redness, and minimize swelling. To use, simply soak a cotton ball in milk and apply to the bite.
Ice: Ice works on bug bites because the cold constricts the blood vessels and minimizes the spread of histamines, which are what create an allergic reaction. To use, apply an ice pack, frozen vegetable bag, or a wrapped piece of ice to the bite.
White or Apple Cider Vinegar: Best for bee stings, the acidity in vinegar helps ease pain and redness by neutralizing venom. To use, dilute vinegar with water and apply to sting with a cotton ball.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil, which can be found in most drug stores and vitamin shops, contains natural disinfectants that kill bacteria and ease swelling. It’s also has repellent properties and is often used to protect babies from mosquito bites. To use, apply a small amount directly to the bite.
Basil Leaves: This herb contains menthol and camphor compounds, which create a cooling feelings that help relieve itchiness. To use, crush basil leaves into a paste and apply to the bite.
Lavender Oil: Lavender has antiseptic properties that kill bacteria and reduce swelling. Like tea tree oil, it’s also effective when used on babies as a bug and mosquito repellant.
Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is a natural antihistamine that helps minimize and relieve itching. To use, crush into a paste and apply to the bite.
Keeping Your Baby Safe from Bug Bites
The best way to ensure your precious bundle of joy doesn’t struggle with itchy and painful bug bites is to make sure your home is protected. The licensed professionals at MosquitoNix provide a wide range of safe, customized solutions to ensure your property is pest free, including all-natural mosquito treatments. Call us today for a free estimate!
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