Relief for Mosquito Bites on My 3 Year Old

Updated on July 05, 2008
L.O. asks from Marysville, WA
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We just got back from camping and my daughter and I are covered with mosquito bites. She is doing a pretty good job of not itchy too much, but her mood this morning is telling me the bites are "bugging" her! She said they hurt. Any thoughts on what I could put on them to provide some relief?
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J.T.

answers from Anchorage on

I always took a bakeing soda bath. They dry up the bites and take the itch out. I did it when my kids had the chicken pox and I do it with mosquito bites too.

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K.S.

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Any over-the-counter allergy medication will help. (Mosquito bites are nothing more than an allergic reaction to mosquito saliva.) If she's scratched herself bloody, Tylenol will help, too.

A lukewarm bath with baking soda really helps with the itch.

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B.B.

answers from Seattle on

yep, calamine lotion (I grew up where we had trucks driving around at night spraying mosquito poisons; we had lots of the suckers)

also, Avon Skin So Soft is supposed to be good for keeping bugs away

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L.L.

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hydrocortizone cream also works well and is a pretty quick relief, but something like baking soda bath will work better in the long run. You could try baking soda and vinegar. I know its' smelly, but for bee stings and stinging nettles, it gets the poison out. I am sure it would do something similar for bee stings. Just let it dry and then wash it off with cool water.

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A.G.

answers from Anchorage on

Good Morning L.,
Happy 4th of July, remember to pray for our nation today.
Good old fashioned Epsom salt in a cool bath is still the best itch relief. Also a non sweaty atmosphere afterwards.
Blessings, Annie G.

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M.B.

answers from Seattle on

L.,

My favorite is the Aloe Vera Gel. It's usually got the Banana Boat logo on it, and it's a rather vivid green color. I use it mostly for sunburn, but I've used it on bites as well. Many many many times applying Aloe but not completely rubbing it in, then sitting in front of a fan has felt wonderful.

Another thought is the Benadryl gel. Apply topically and it should relieve the itching.

Hope this helps,
M.

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K.S.

answers from Seattle on

Any over-the-counter allergy medication will help. (Mosquito bites are nothing more than an allergic reaction to mosquito saliva.) If she's scratched herself bloody, Tylenol will help, too.

A lukewarm bath with baking soda really helps with the itch.

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J.T.

answers from Anchorage on

I always took a bakeing soda bath. They dry up the bites and take the itch out. I did it when my kids had the chicken pox and I do it with mosquito bites too.

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Z.A.

answers from Seattle on

I agree with the poster who recommended an antihistamine like benadryl, & a little tylenol for the pain...there's also the old trick of taping a copper penny on top of them. It works great for bee-stings too. The downside on the pennies is that its really an overnight cure.

Also...for next time....the USMC (not officially) uses AVON 'Skin so Soft' applied straight. Keeps off sandfleas, mosquitos, most anything that creeps, bites, and flies. It makes one INCREDIBLY shiny...but the upside is that is isn't a pestacide, and it smells great.

Best of Luck....i HATE mosquitos
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D.P.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L.,

I'm a mother of four ranging in age from 5-20. For the little ones we always use topical pediatric cortisone cream. It takes the itch away and dries up the swelling. It may take a few applications but it does work really well.

Good luck,

D.

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P.M.

answers from Portland on

Applying heat for a minute or so (like a hot washcloth, or hot shower if the bites are all over) will give relief for an hour or two afterward. The heat will make them itch like the dickens during the process, though. Sometimes if it's really intense, I actually have to laugh and holler a bit during the heating process.

A very old remedy that I learned from my Grannie is to press an "x" into the bite with my fingernail. Again, that stimulates the itch during the process, but usually reduces the irritation for awhile after.

I think the nerves just get worn out from the extra stimulation of either the pressure or the heat, and then take awhile to recover and tell you about the itch again.

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P.G.

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Hi L. - I know this might sound funny, but Arbonne Baby Care Diaper Rash cream is actually wonderful for mosquito bites!!! Stops the itching and inflamation.

I live in Seattle, but would be happy to send you a sample in the mail, which would arrive tomorrow.

My website is www.pamelagreb.myarbonne.com if you are interested in more information. But again, I am happy to send you a free sample to try. It will only last for 1 or 2 applications, but it's worth a shot! Send me your address offline.

Thanks,
Pam
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A.W.

answers from Bellingham on

I usually put calomine lotion on my daughters bites. Works wonders for her....and she seems to be a mosquito magnet.

A.

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M.P.

answers from Portland on

apply meat tenderizer mixed with a little water to form a paste.

There are also many lotions and creams on market that claim an anti-itch ingredient. They don't work for my granddaughter's eczema because touching the itching are activates the itching and she won't leave it on long enough to see if it'll work

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G.C.

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You might try a baking soda bath. It works well for chicken pox and bee stings.

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S.H.

answers from Portland on

Hi L.,

I think topical Benadryl cream works great!

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A.S.

answers from Bellingham on

Hi L.,
I have this goop called "itch-x". I use it on bites. Then I cover it with a band-aid so they can't rub it off and they don't get it all over. Plus, it's a reminder not to scratch. Eek. I get itchy thinking about it. :)
Good Luck!
A.

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A.V.

answers from Portland on

we like the "itch stick. we get it at fredmeyers, near the pharmacy. It's a tube, with i think ammonia in it, and an applicator top. works well for us.

ang

K.L.

answers from Seattle on

calamine lotion or hydrocotizone anti-itch cream. These 2 things have worked for me, and my son and daughter. I also love aloa vera gel. good luck

L.B.

answers from Seattle on

A strange thing we discovered works recently was witch hazel. I have a few witch hazel wipes left over from pregnancy issues (I am sure you can imagine!) They work great to stop the itch and help with the swelling. I think it is the same ingredient as is in Prep H cream. Don't buy the brand names when the store brands are the same ingredients. Every bit of savings helps these days! Good Luck!

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S.S.

answers from Pensacola on

Have you tried calamine lotion it works for chicken pox so maybe mosquito bites too!

D.J.

answers from Seattle on

I use the "Aloe" gel with lidocaine for sun burns relieve(works best) and is cheaper than the special treatments over the counter. Good "first aid" is some vinegar if you don't have the gel. Another good relieve are the cortisone creams.

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E.B.

answers from Seattle on

You can use homeopathic Calendula gel or ointment. It relieves and heals burns, bites, cuts, scratches and sunburn. I've found it to be a decent repellent in gel form as well. For a bad sunburn get tincture form (dropper bottle), dilute in water and dab on.
Be well,
E. Brandegee
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A.K.

answers from Seattle on

A nice all-natural remedy that I have used since I was a kid is to mix some baking soda (1 -2 Tbsp) with water to form a paste. Apply to bug bites and let dry! Takes the itch away!

B.D.

answers from Seattle on

I do know that plenty of garlic in the diet seems to help keeps bugs at bay. My son has eczema and whenever he has a flare up and gets bit, it makes the flare up worse. I feed him (unsuspectingly) garlic in some of our meals. He doesn't get bit. :D If you want to keep the bugs away, you could also try getting some Skin So Soft from Avon. I love this stuff and swear by it. Works great and is good for the skin. :D

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A.K.

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Hi L..

I know this will sound totally gross and childish, but when I was a kid, my sisters and I would take our thumbnail, impress the mosquito bite with an X or cross with the thumbnail, and then touch some spit on it. See - it is gross, huh? I don't know what it was, but it totally soothed all of us, and it truly made the bite stop itching. Maybe something in the saliva or just the mental part of it, I don't know. The point is though, it could help your daughter self soothe, and you wouldn't be rubbing some chemical all over her. Try it - it's free! ;-) Good luck!

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K.D.

answers from Eugene on

You have received a lot of useful information, but all through the years of playing sports and seeming to have the sweetest blood on the team, I have found that Prep-H takes the itching and swelling out of the bites! Sounds funny, but for all my softball games I carried a tube with me! Had no idea what it was meant for until I was older though...;0)~

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B.B.

answers from Seattle on

yep, calamine lotion (I grew up where we had trucks driving around at night spraying mosquito poisons; we had lots of the suckers)

also, Avon Skin So Soft is supposed to be good for keeping bugs away

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M.C.

answers from Seattle on

Our daughter has gotten the occasionally few bites and we usually end up putting on vasoline which seems to help. If she is saying it is painful you could do neosporine + pain. (spelling?)

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F.G.

answers from Anchorage on

this might hurt so you may decide not to do it but i live in alaska and am exposed to tons and tons of mosquitos and how i deal with the itch is i take my finger nail and press down firmly in the center of the bite and then again to make an x. it really does make it feel better but your doughter might not like that so you may want to try some of the anti itch creams they have like calamine lotion or you can make a sticky paste with baking soda and water and rub on the bites. you may also use benadryl. good luck

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M.D.

answers from Seattle on

tea tree oil. works evry time.

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T.M.

answers from Norfolk on

Hi L.,

I love the colloidal silver products and use them every day on myself and my kids. www.silvermiracles.com It's a natural way to handle bites, exczema, heat rash, etc. Take care!

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K.M.

answers from Seattle on

I just dealt with my feet being eaten alive by mosquitos, so I know what you are going through. I looked online and found some remedies. Dabbing nail polish on them usually helps to keep the itch down. This time I also tried rubbing ice on the bites and then putting a baking soda/water mix on them. The baking soda/water mix should be very thick so that it will stick to the bites. When they would start itching again, that is when I would do ice, then I would go back to baking soda once the ice-effect wore off. Good luck

S.C.

answers from Seattle on

Tea Tree Oil works great.

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K.M.

answers from Richland on

Yep, PREPARATION H is the best thing!It's always in our 1st aid kits for bug bites!

W.C.

answers from Seattle on

Aloe cream or oil. Try to get the stuff that is the most pure or simple, because then you can apply as often as you want. I personally have a plant for such occasions.

My mother use to use calamine lotion, but it leaves pink sploshes. You could call them fairy kisses.

A paste of baking soda and water (very little water) on the bad ones will work. It makes them feel cold as long as the paste stays on them. As long as the paste is on the bite it won't itch. The paste falls of soon though. It also works great for small burns.

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E.C.

answers from Seattle on

Hi L. - pure Tea Tree oil, it works great! I don't know what we would do without it.(and it doesn't sting)
E.

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L.M.

answers from Yakima on

I would mix up some baking soda with water and make a paste and apply to the bites or get some benedryl spray from the store. It will help the itching. There is also calamine lotion. You could actually give her a bath in aveeno bath supplies.
I feel for you...we are going camping and I have listerine in spray bottles....I am told that it works like magic if you spray it around....to keep bees,mosquitos and bugs away.
For bees I know you can put dryer sheets in tour pockets with them hanging out a little for the bees, I do not know if it works for mosquitos but that is what the mailmen do that want to keep bees away. L.

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