At Child’s World Academy, we are proud to say that we aren’t your typical day care center in Newtown. We truly care about each and every child that walks through our doors, and that fact doesn’t change when they head home for the evening. We want to do everything we can to make sure that your child is healthy and happy, but there is one thing during the summer that seems to get in the way, pesky mosquitoes! Mosquito bites are a huge problem in the summer, and all of that itching and scratching can lead to infection. That is why our child care experts have come up with the following list of tips for relieving your child’s itchy mosquito bites:
#1. Act fast.
If you happen to notice a mosquito on your child, gently wipe it off, and wash the area with cool water and soap. This will help to remove bacteria and prevent infection. It is also a good idea to apply ice to the area to prevent swelling.
#2. Treat the itch.
Scratching can easily lead to infection, but it is nearly impossible not to scratch when you have a persistent, itchy mosquito bite. There are many things that you can do to treat the itch and the earlier you act, the better.
#3. Try to discourage the scratching.
It is all too easy to break the skin on the bite and let bacteria in when your child scratches, which can easily lead to infection. Scratching also increases the amount of histamines in the blood, so it will only make the bite itchier. Let your child know that scratching will make their bite worse. It is also wise to make sure that you keep their fingernails short so there is less chance of breaking the skin. You can also try putting bandaids or tape over the bites to discourage scratching.
Stay tuned for our next blog to learn how to prevent bites.