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#1 of 3 Old 06-03-2009, 02:38 PM - Thread Starter
 
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At this point I don't even care if it's natural or not. I just want these things gone. It started about 1.5 weeks ago. Every morning she was waking up with bug bites. At first I thought they were hives since she does have food allergies but as time went on they looked much more like bug bites. They itch and every single morning she wakes up with more! She's covered in these darn things and it's horrible! So finally today the light bulb went off and I googled around a bit and I am convinced it's bed bugs. It fits the description exactly.

Now how the heck do I get rid of them?? I don't want to put her back in her crib tonight but she won't sleep anywhere else so I'm not sure what to do. I'll buy a new mattress if I need to but I'm worried that then that mattress will get infected too, kwim?

I've found a few mattress protector type things that are supposed to keep bed bugs out (or trap them in if they are already there) but they are $80 and I'm a bit worried they won't work. That's a bunch of money to spend, kwim?

Any ideas? They are only in dd's room. I have no idea how they suddenly got in there. No one else is having a problem.

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Oh dear. Your poor DD! They're probably living in the mattress. Or the wall.

I'd be doing a ton of hot laundry. Anything that has touched that bed should go through the laundry. And since, alas, my translation of "no one else is having a problem" is "no one else is having a problem yet," wash everyone else's bedding too.

If you can't replace the mattress, vaccuum it. Sealable covers are recommended (you need something airtight). Vacuum the entire room in any case - if you don't have a vacuum cleaner with a wand attachment, borrow one, and get back into all the corners, the tops of all baseboards, *everywhere*.

It might be worth a call to the pediatrician to see if there's a treatment they recommend for the bites, or something to keep the nasty things away.

I am so so sorry you are having to deal with this. Bedbugs are making a major resurgence in the U.S. right now, and showing up in all kinds of unexpected places.
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bedbugger.com is a site with a ton of information. I'd recommend starting there.

Good luck, mama. I'm sorry you have to deal with this.
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