The sun is shining at the moment, so you’ll certainly be wanting to spend more time outside with your children, but that comes with some risks you may not have thought of.
Mosquito bites can be nasty, and you may not know what to do if your toddler or newborn is bitten by one – they’re seriously itchy.
Speaking to Romper, doctor Marc E. Childs revealed his guidelines for treating mosquito bites at home for babies and children.
He recommends “topical creams, gels, and lotions, such as those containing calamine or pramoxine.”
However, he suggests against regular use of topical anaesthetics and antihistamine products, as these can cause reactions on sensitive skin – especially if you’ve been overexposed to the sun.
Ice packs are also a great idea to reduce swelling, and you can also try mixing one part baking soda to one part water to make a paste which can help stop the nasty itch.
If your child is younger, most lotion and gel treatments are safe for use, however, if your toddler has particularly sensitive skin or you are otherwise concerned then just contact their GP for reassurance.
Treating bites on babies is slightly more difficult than on children or toddlers, with many of the treatments being unsuitable for newborns.
Topical creams, lotions, gels and antihistamines should be avoided, and Dr Childs recommends applying a cold compress to the affected area, as this will reduce swelling and relieve itching.
The baking soda method is suitable for babies as it does not contain any medicated creams.
Always contact your GP if none of these methods work.
The best way to avoid being bitten altogether is to use bug sprays – although even these likely won’t be 100% effective.
Bug sprays, however, will not be suitable for everyone.
While the majority of children and toddlers can use these sprays, those with particularly sensitive skin and/or allergies may want to check with a doctor before using.
Also, these sprays are not suitable for those under two months.