Treatment of insect bites. What you know about insect bites:
Most insect bites cause a red bump. Some are larger (like a beehive). Some have a small water bubble in the middle. These are normal reactions to insect bites. A large beehive on the bite does not mean your child has an allergy. The redness does not mean the bite.
Here are some tips to help you.
Itching insect sting treatment:
- Steroid cream. To reduce the itching, use 1% hydrocortisone cream (such as cortaid). No prescription is required. Place it on 3 times daily until the itching has disappeared. If you do not have to use a baking soda paste until you get some.
- If neither is available, use ice in a wet washcloth for 20 minutes.
- You can also set tight, sharp, direct, steady pressure on the bite. Do this for 10 seconds to reduce the itching.
- A fingernail, pencil cap or other object can be used.
- Allergy medicine. If the bite is still itchy, try an allergy medicine (like Benadryl). No prescription is required. Sometimes it helps, especially in allergic children.
Painful insect repellent treatment:
- Soak a cotton ball in a baking soda solution. Rub the bite with it for 15 to 20 minutes. Once these are. This will usually reduce the pain.
- You can also use an ice cube in a wet washcloth for 20 minutes.
- To help with the pain, give an acetaminophen product (like paracetamol). Another choice is an ibuprofen product (like Advil). Use as needed.
- For painful bites, allergy medications do not help.
Antibiotic ointment for infected bite:
- If the insect bite has a scab on it and the scab looks infected, use an antibiotic ointment. An example is polysporin. No prescription is required. Use 3 times a day. (Note: In general, impetigo is caused by scratching with dirty fingers).
- Cover the scab with a bandage (such as band-aid). This will help to prevent scratching and spread.
the wound wash and antibiotic ointment 3 times a day. Cover them with a clean bandage every time. Do this until cured.
Caution: If infections (redness or red streaks) spread, your child must see.
What to expect:
- Most insect bites are itchy for several days.
- Any pink skin or redness usually lasts 3 days.
- The swelling can last 7 days.
- Insect bites of the upper surface can cause severe eye swelling. This is harmless.
- The swelling is usually worse in the morning after lying all night. It will improve for a few hours after standing.
- Call your doctor if:
- Strong pain lasts more than 2 hours after pain medicine
- Infected scab no better after 48 hours antibiotic ointment
- Bite of infected looks (redness is spread after 48 hours)
- You think your child needs to be seen
- Your child will get worse
Avoid insect bites.
Tips for prevention:
- Wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and a hat.
- Avoid being outdoors when the beetles are most active. Many insects that cause itchy bites are most active at sunrise or sunset. Examples are chiggers, no-see-ums, and mosquitoes.
- Insect repellents that are DEET are helpful in preventing many insect bites. Carefully read the label.
DEET Products: Application on the skin.
- DEET is a very effective insecticide. It also encounters ticks and other insects.
- The AAP approved DEET use more than 2 months old. Use 30% DEET or less. Use 30% DEET if you need 6 hours of protection. Use 10% DEET if you need only one protection for 2 hours. (AAP 2003).
- Do not put DEET on your hands when your child sucks on her thumb or finger. (Reason: prevent DEET swallowing.)
- About older children who use their own DEET apply less. A total of 3 or 4 drops can protect the entire body.
- Apply it to exposed areas of the skin. Do not use near the eyes or mouth. Do not use on the skin covered by clothing. Do not put DEET on sunglasses or skin rashes. Reason: DEET can easily be caught in these areas.
- Wash it with soap and water when your child is indoors.
- Caution: DEET can damage clothing made of synthetic fibers. It can also damage plastics (such as eyewear) and leather. DEET can be used on cotton clothes.