Signs of a bed bug rash
and treating bed bug bites in babies.
A bed bug rash is not that rare nowadays.
Bed bug infestations are increasing at an alarming rate all around the world.
One of the reasons is that bed bugs have become resistant to existing pesticides.
We all know the little joke we say to kids: Don't let the bed bugs bite!
But what to do if bed bugs are real visitors in your baby's crib at night?
What do bed bug bites look like?
Do you know how to identify bed bug bites?
Very often bed bug bite symptoms are mistaken for flea or mosquito bites. Bed bug bites can be characteristic inline marks (red spots on skin) of repeated feedings by a single bedbug.
Or you can see raised red bumps on the skin. Those bumps reduce to a red mark and gradually fade over a few days.
The bed bug bite itself is painless because the bed bug's saliva contains anesthetics. The saliva of the bed bug can cause an itchy and swollen bed bug rash.
Bed bug bites can be extremely itchy. When scratched the rash can become infected or even cause blisters. It is important to keep your baby's nails short. Scratching the bumps may break the skin and this may cause a severe skin infection.
Because bed bugs draw blood from their host they could possibly transmit illnesses like hepatitis B virus or Malaria. Fortunately they are not known to transmit diseases and for that reason do not pose a big health problem.
How to treat a bed bug rash?
It is impossible to make clear to your baby that he or she should not scratch the bites. Little children often scratch the bites in their sleep.
- Wash broken skin of the bed bug rash with anti-septic soap and apply anti-septic ointment to prevent infection.
- External medication like antihistamine creme and hydrocortisone creme help to reduce the itching. You can also use calamine lotion. If the itching is severe you may also need to give antihistamine tablets.
- Blisters and infected open wounds should be treated with hydrogen peroxide and Polysporin first aid antibiotic ointment.
However apart from irritation and inflammation the bite can cause in rare cases a highly allergic reaction.
Call your doctor if there is:
- Breathing problem caused by an allergic reaction to the bug bites.
It is important that you act at the first bed bug bite symptoms to prevent a bed bug infestation in your home. That way you can safe your baby the unnecessary suffering of a bed bug rash.
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