Are you worried to notice red linear rashes on your baby’s body? Are you wondering if it is a case of bedbug bites? Well, if you can relate to the above situations reading this post is a good idea.
As a new mother, the slightest discomfort of your baby is enough to give you sleepless nights. The thought of nasty parasites feeding on your little one’s blood is surely a nightmare! Want to know more about how to treat bedbug bites on babies? Read on!
What Are Bedbugs?
Bedbugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, flat, nocturnal parasites that survive on human blood. Bedbug infestation is common in places like hotels, shelters, dorm rooms and public transport vehicles. Bedbugs hide in mattresses and other dry and warm places such as dressers, wall crevices, bed frames, rugs, and window casings (1).
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Do Bedbug Bites On Babies Cause Health Risks?
Bedbug bites do not require medical attention as they are mostly painless. However, these nasty bites may cause itchiness, and scratching them can lead to secondary infections. The bedbug bites usually appear in clusters or a line formation and hence are distinguishable from mosquito bites. If you notice red marks in clusters on your baby’s delicate skin, it is time for inspecting his bedding for any bug infestation.
Bedbug bite reactions may be different for every baby. Some may not feel any pain at all while others may suffer from mild to severe itching and even allergic reactions. The severity of your baby’s reaction to bedbug bites may determine the course of treatment he requires (2).
Bedbugs do not spread diseases, so their presence is not a health hazard but more of a nuisance. Babies may scratch the affected area with their fingernails and develop infections or may cry incessantly due to discomfort caused by the bites. Babies may also suffer from a loss of sleep and may even become irritable due to an infestation of bedbugs. A severe case of bedbug bites may leave their sensitive skin scarred. Do seek immediate medical help if your baby suffers from the following symptoms:
- If he develops any redness, abscess or swelling in the affected area.
- If your baby runs a fever after suffering from bedbug bites.
- If he suffers from any breathing difficulty due to an allergic reaction caused by the bug bites.
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How To Treat Bed Bug Bites On Babies Skin?
Consult your baby’s doctor in case you notice bed bug bites on baby skin. The pediatrician may prescribe a mild antiseptic lotion for topical application to provide relief to your baby. Corticosteroid ointments are popular medications for treating bedbug bites. If the bug bites are severe, the doctor may also prescribe oral corticosteroids. If your baby develops a bacterial infection due to scratching the bug bites, he may need a course of antibiotics.
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Tips To Prevent Bedbugs:
Bedbugs are about the size of an apple seed, and their eggs are even smaller, so it is difficult to spot them or identify their hiding places. Apart from the bites, you can notice signs of bedbugs through tiny blood stains on mattresses, upholstery, and sheets. You can also confirm the presence of bedbugs if you spot rusty or dark fecal deposits or exoskeletons on the mattress. An offensive, sweet, musty odor is also a sign of severe bedbug infestation (3). Consider the following measures to keep the threat of a bedbug infestation at bay (4).
- While traveling, check rental vehicles for bedbugs before you using them. When you stay in hotels, keep your luggage away from your bed.
- Refrain from using used upholstery or furniture. In case you decide to do it, thoroughly vacuum them before using to get rid of bedbugs.
- Use hot water to wash all clothes and upholstery regularly to eradicate any bedbug infestation.
Seek professional help to get rid of bedbugs in your house. Over-the-counter insecticides may harm your little one, so it is best to leave the task to pest control companies.
Remember, minimizing clutter in the house is the best way to keep your baby safe from bedbug bites.
How did you deal with your baby with bed bug bites? What treatment did the pediatrician advice? Please share your experience and tips with other moms here.
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