I'm wondering why he reacts so badly and what I can do after the fact. We do use a natural bug spray that works very well but there always seems to be just a couple bites out of the year.
This year I was bit by a mosquito in 2 places on the arm. The 2nd bite swelled up & was hot. It was not as raised, maybe 1/4" & dollar coin sized. It wasn't as hot but I tried to make sure I did not scratch at it.
DS reacts HORRIBLY to mosquito bites. They swell up soooo bad, hot to the touch, and the area is hard. Anyone else's children/yourself react this way?
All my dc have this reaction, it's just a sensitivity to the bites. My dh has the same problem. I used to take them to the doc and every time the same thing..."it's just a bug bite". We have a ton of mosquitoes around here. Last year I invested in a mosquito magnet. It runs on propane and attracts them by expelling carbon dioxide.
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We have had to resort to benadryl at times for the itch though, when the banana and calamine lotion don't work.
If we lived where she was getting bitten constantly, then I'd probably look for another remedy, since I don't think I'd want her on Claritin constantly. Not that Claritin is unsafe, but I'd try to find other ways to minimize her swelling.
The mosquitoes have been awful here, lately. It's been raining and on friday, we attended a funeral and there were soo many mosquitoes out there.
That night, we noticed that my 2yo son's calf was swollen and I saw a couple of bites. It was really tight and he was walking funny. I bought some benadryl and hydrocortisone cream to help with the itching. The swelling has gone down but only a little bit and his calf doesn't feel so tight anymore. It's no longer hot to the touch and the redness has decreased a lot.
Do you think he's okay now? I've been worrying nonstop since we discovered the swelling but I don't know when I should really worry and take him in to the doctor.
The worse part is, mosquitoes seem to really like him. It's unfortunate that others experience this, but it's kind of comforting all the same.
Personally, I don't think it's anything you would have to take him to the doctor for. They'd tell you it's a bad reaction and give you benadryl and hydrocortisone, exactly what you have done. Once DS was really sick, had a huge bite too, we went to the doc and I asked him about the bite. He said it was nothing to worry about
We take extra precautions using a natural repellent that really works and having DS put on long sleeves and pants at dusk.