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"WHAT In the WORLD Is Biting My CHILD????"

HELP!!!

About 1 month ago, my 3 year old daughter woke up with 3 mosquito bites, on her leg and ankle area. Normally as children do, she scratched them. They itched her so much, that she scratched them to the point of almost being infected. They turned into these round quarter sized "bullseye" type slightly raised leisons that are starting to scab over. I thought they may be spider bites, or ringworm, so I took her to the Dr. My daughter's have never had either, and he said it wasn't ringworm. He gave me cream FOR ringworm though, and told me to apply it with warm compresses, and call him to let him know if this works. He also prescribed Amoxicillin since one of the sores looked infected.

The three sores were healing, and this morning, she woke up with ANOTHER SORE. This starte just like the others. A red lump like mass under the skin, that turns into a mosquito type bite. I am terrified at what could be in my daughter's room biting her. I have torn off and sterilized all the sheets, her bed, pillows, did a mite treatment on the carpets and bed as well, and I just don't know what to do??

She DOES wear shorts to school (uniforms), and their playground is in the back of the school, where there are LOTS of bushes and grass areas. I am a VERY clean almost obsessive housewife, and my carpets, clothes, etc. are always clean.

I have put on Neosporin, Hydrocortizone, Benadryl, Bee Sting Zapper, Mederma, and NOTHING is making these things go away!! The cream the Dr. prescribed did start to work the following day, but it hasn't progressed since.

WHAT IS THIS????

ANYBODY?

What can I do next?

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Hello everyone, and THANK YOU so much for all of your wonderful responses. I did some research on inpantago, and I think this matches what's going on. My daughter's teacher told me that's what she thought it was a week ago, and that's what it has to be, since there are no bugs in the home. I'm still a little puzzled though, since inpantag is highly contageous, and not one of us in the house has gotten anything. Again, thanks so much for all of your wonderful responses, and I will be following up with the Dr.

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When my daughter was 18 months old, this same thing happened to her. She had been bitten by a mosquito, got infected and then bumps started coming out on her just like you are describing. It was impetigo, but it was staph impetigo. I guess there can be staph or strep impetigo as Iwas reading in a little magazine published by pampers. She had been on oral antibiotics for 3 weeks and each time they'd go away for awhile and then come back. She was actually being treated by a dermatologist at the time too! When Imentioned the article about the staph impetigo it was like a light bulb went on with the dr. She changed to a different antibiotic and it cleared it right up. Hope this helps

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Sounds like Impetigo- My daughter got it after getting a bee sting- very common after insect bites. The prescription we got is called Mupirocin- Its a cream you put on throughout the day and cover with bandages. It cleared it up fast! Yes it is very contagious but noone else in my house got it either. Good Luck

It seems my daughter has the same type thing, but we came to the conclusion that is was probably ants. She had them under her shin guard on 1 knee. At first we thought it was in the bed also, but ant bites seem not to appear right away. The first time I got bit it took a day before they appeared. Could it be ant bites? Just a thought. We put lotrimin on it.

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When my daughter was 18 months old, this same thing happened to her. She had been bitten by a mosquito, got infected and then bumps started coming out on her just like you are describing. It was impetigo, but it was staph impetigo. I guess there can be staph or strep impetigo as Iwas reading in a little magazine published by pampers. She had been on oral antibiotics for 3 weeks and each time they'd go away for awhile and then come back. She was actually being treated by a dermatologist at the time too! When Imentioned the article about the staph impetigo it was like a light bulb went on with the dr. She changed to a different antibiotic and it cleared it right up. Hope this helps

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My sons get spots like that and we put Tea Tree Oil on them twice a day. It may be impetigo, but it may not. Some people are just more apt to the spots. Tea Tree Oil is a natural option, it also helps soothe the itching. As an added, I have found it also works on acne. Good luck!

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My daughter gets the same thing when she gets bit by a mosquito, every time! I use tea tree oil!!! You can get at any naturual food stores or vitiman supplement shop. It smells funny, but it works GREAT! Sometimes I have to cover them with bandaids to keep them from itching them. They were actually getting in through a small leak in the window at night... I swear by the tea tree oil and would HIGHLY recommend to anybody!

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My son gets those!!! What he gets are most definately mosquito bites, but he scratches them and they get slightly infected. His dr said it's impetigo (?? I think that's right) and told me to keep his nails SHORT and to put neosporin on them to help them from getting big and gross. He has scratched his til bleeding and now has scars on his legs that look like chicken pox-- from BUG BITES. It's awful. I assume he'll out grow it though. My dr wasn't too concerned. Good luck!

The responses you have gotten are all very helpful, however if there is something in your childs bed itself, have you thought about having her sleep elsewhere to see if the they continue. It is just a thought and atleast you would know that the problem is in her bed and maybe she isnt pickcing it up outside. Good luck.

I use to make fun of my husband using preparation H on wounds. Once we both had a sore and I used Neosporin and he used prep H and he healed alot faster. I now have switched. Yes, I know it sounds weird but put it on a bandaid and cover the sore.

Use Avon Skin So Soft oil on your child. It's great for their skin anyway and it keeps biting insects away. 2 of my 4 kids are allergic to mosquito bites and dig them into unsightly sores that require perscription cream to heal them. Since i have been using the oil, they haven't had any problems. Anything good for your skin that is not a drug is my preference. Best of luck to you.

It very well could be mosquitos. Sometimes when they bite my daughter, they do the same thing. It's not as bad of a reaction now that she is older (6). I also took her to the doctor and he gave us a cream (RX) with hydrocortisone in it. I can only use it twice per day. All mosquitos are not the same. It is an allergic reaction for us anyway. I also had to take bug spray to school and request that the teacher spray her before they went outside to play. This helped alot!
Good Luck!
B. B

I believe it is mosquitos. My son gets the exact same thing when he is bitten by a mosquito. When he was younger (10 months), he kept getting the terrible looking bites. I was freaking out thinking something terrible. I then actually saw a mosquito land on his leg one day. When he woke up the next morning the bite had swelled up really red. Then the next day, it started to get a clear pusslike like head on it. When my son scratched the bite, it "burst" open and oozed a clear liquid. It finally scabbed over and then took WEEKS to completely go away. I also noticed he actually gets scars from them. By the way, I haven't found any medicine that helps them go away. I put neosporin on them once the bite "bursts" open so that it doesn't get infected. I try to avoid the problem by putting natural mosquito repellent on my son before he goes outside. I also thought it was impetigo - I was wrong! Hope this helps!

It sounds a lot like mesquito bites. I know that when my three year old gets them it sounds a lot like what you are describing. Evan on me they do that, especialy when I scratch it a lot they get thet head on them and then it scabs over. I would look really hard in your childs sheets, around and under the bed and evan in the window. You have got a hungry misquito somewhere in that room.

Sounds very family. It probably is mosquito bites but your daughter is having a reaction to them causing the huge lump under the skin. I was told by our pediatrician it's not a true allergic reaction but didn't understand that. Anyway the reaction that IS going on causes a worse itch than typical mosquito bite and your daughter can not help but scratch and scratch away skin. In the process they will get infected and it's not your fault in any way shape, form or fashion. No matter how clean you are-mosquitos don't care and they will come in.

There is no cream or ointment I've found that works as I tried them all too. The only thing that DID help was giving ORAL Benadryl. It helped dry up those huge knots. Treating the open sores with anitbiotic ointment won't hurt anything either but just applying it may trigger the itching so it's best if you can do the spray so you don't have to touch the skin.

Also- to repell mosquitos in your child's room you can try a few things. I have been very pleased with a citronella plant. Don't know how I ever existed without one. It's a hardy plant and repells mosquitos great. I carry my potted plant around with me when I work outside and put it in the room I want mosquitos out of at night.

Fabric Softner Dryer Sheets are also supposed to be a non-toxic way of repelling them. Then there are citronella candles and the sprays and of course skin-so-soft which really DOES work to repel.

Hang in there. My daughter did this two years and outgrew it to my very great relief. She still gets bitten and still gets itchy but the bites don't swell up crazy now.

Dark colors, sweat and perfumes can attract mosquitos. I myself am attacked like mad where as my husband and firstborn seem to repel mosquitos. I've begun taking odorless garlic capsules and it keeps them from bothering me. Missionaries also use this trick in third world countries because of Malaria. Plus, garlic also fights infection similar to antibiotics and actually kicks MRSA infections (which most people do not know but SHOULD!)

God bless you and your daughter!

Well this happened to my 3 yr old daughter too.
She woke up one day and I was like oh my gosh. It was also right were the panty line was. We couldn't figure it out and we have a very clean house and she stays at home.
One night my husband took her to bed and was in her room and all was quiet and he heard and saw a mosquito in her room.
We felt awful that we were sending her to her room to get bite at night. No wonder she hated her room.

She had sores too and we had the perscroption cream nothing worked till I got some Aveeno BATH. Its great its just a packet you put in the water at bath time. So they don't even know it. I told my daughter to play in the bath and it took out the itch. So then the sores started to get better faster. We did this a couple times each night and applied the cream to her spots. She is also allergic to Ant bites and welts up and this works for that too. It takes the itch out. YOu might try this. Hope she gets better, its hard cause they just want to scratch.

They sd with the hurricane in the So texas they have had bad mosquites with the flooding and some of them are coming up here now.

go online and buy Kleen-Free Get a gallon of it. put 2oz in a spray bottle with warm water and spray everywhere and everything in your home. There are mites that will never die from drug-store bought remedies, sprays or poisons.. including tropical rate mites and a ton of bird mites. The Kleen-Free products dissolve the exo-skeleton of any insect, especially those little suckers you can't see. It is completely natural, pure enzymes... Put a cup in the bath and bath your child from head to toe and your whole family.. The itch will vanish.. You will never be without kleen-free again.. I mop my floors with it.. spray everything with it. It is a life-saver for all those people who have mite infestations that just don't go away, even with a doctors help.

Maybe a boil...my daughter had one about one year ago....does it hurt??? if it one thats why she keeps getting more they spread.

I have a friend that had a similar problem with her baby girl in the crib. She is obsessively clean as well so no obvious bugs or anything in the house. They had an exterminator come out to get rid of some ants and he did a walkthrough of the house to be sure he got it all. Well....he found little tiny spiders in the baby's room that they never saw. They come out at night and hide in the sheets during the day. You may want to have someone come out and take a look.

Well I as well as my daughter have that same problem - and it may be either bedbugs or ants. My daughter had the same thing you are describing and it was ants because we had an ant problem but they would heal oddly and I have never seen this before.

It seems my daughter has the same type thing, but we came to the conclusion that is was probably ants. She had them under her shin guard on 1 knee. At first we thought it was in the bed also, but ant bites seem not to appear right away. The first time I got bit it took a day before they appeared. Could it be ant bites? Just a thought. We put lotrimin on it.

Sounds like Impetigo- My daughter got it after getting a bee sting- very common after insect bites. The prescription we got is called Mupirocin- Its a cream you put on throughout the day and cover with bandages. It cleared it up fast! Yes it is very contagious but noone else in my house got it either. Good Luck

Sounds like chickers to me. Try applying a thin coat of nail polish over the bite and leaving it for a couple of days and see if they don't get better. Sounds like an old wives tale I know, but its real. They would've come from the school yard.

Sounds kind of like infantigo to me and I probably spelled that wrong.

My son gets knots the size of marbles when he gets bitten by mosquitos and used to scratch them to scabs, it could be that your daughter is just allergic. I'm not a doctor and I can't tell you what is wrong, but I might be able to help just a little. You might also want to check into an allergist to see if there is an allergy.

Put your cortizone cream in the refrigerator. The cooless of the cream always helped my son from continuing to itch the sores that he gets. You might also try oatmeal baths to stop the itching. If you can keep her off the bites, they can heal.

Good luck!

I get similar bites and I have discovered the bug that is doing it to me, but I cannot identify the bug. It is found both indoors and outdoors. If I do not apply insect repellent I will get around 15 bites within 30 seconds. When I'm asleep I don't feel the bites, but when I'm awake I feel them nip, and it hurts. The insect looks like a tiny fly,with rounded wings with a line going vertically down the middle of the wing. It is only about the size of a small black ant, but with wings. The bug is especially active around grass, and is active all day and night. I really don't think it's a mosquito. Does anyone know what this bug is?

What did the doctor say about spider bites? The common jumping house spider actually does bite. The jumping spider is probably the most common biting spider in the United States. People are caught by surprise and scared when they see the spider jump, especially if it jumps towards them. Bites from a jumping spider are painful, itchy and cause redness and significant swelling. Other symptoms may include painful muscles and joints, headache, fever, chills, nausea and vomiting. The symptoms usually last about 1-4 days.

When my daughters were young, they shared a king-sized bed. Occasionally, the youngest would wake up with spider bites, but they never affected the older one. I figured it out when I realized that the young one thrashed about in her sleep, while the older one slept more peacefully. The spider bit the one who wasn't still.

I don't know if this is the answer for you, but I discovered that after having my house treated for spiders, the bites stopped.

I know you said you took her to the doctor, my question is did he check for staph? I know my brother had this and what you discribed is what it looked like. There are several diffrent kinds of staph and the antibiotics would of helped heal it. Just a thought, I'll pray for you and your daughter.

M.

The thing that comes to mind is- has her room and bedding been checked for bed bugs? I used to think that unclean conditions were the cause of these bugs until I talked to a pest control company. To test for them they have little cards that you place under beds and furniture at night is when they come out. They bite but the persons being bitten do not feel it. But they do cause quite a bit of itching. Infected areas in the house are treatable to get rid of them if this is what is causing the problem. with the cards you check them the next morning and little corspes will be attached to the cards.

I would look into fleas. Even if you don't have pets you could have fleas. My mom had fleas in her house and my dad sprayed the yard and the house and got rid of them. They can come in on your pants legs, no animal needed. good luck!

Chiggers are a posibility, try clear nail polish over the bump and see if that helps

Do some research on the web. It could be a spider bite or maybe bedbugs. B.

I just went through this same thing with my little boy: spider like bites, tender and red with a white dot in center. Have her tested for mrsa. It's a staph infection that's resistant to all penicillin antibiotics. They can swab it with a q-tip and let you know within a week if it's mrsa. Then they'll be able to treat it properly. Good luck!

T.,

Do they have like a white head? If so that is probably an ant bite.

I do have a botanically based skin care, health and wellness company. We have an excellent baby care line that is great for anyone with eczema or severely dry skin. In that line we have a diaper rash cream that is great for anything that itches (bug bites, eczema patches, hives, rashes, etc.)

I pray everything works out for you.

Take care and God bless!

M.

The same thing happened to my three year old in June. It's just mosquitos believe it or not.

Forgive the long story, but I think it will explain a lot. We always visit my in-laws in June who live in a wooded area. When we got home, since it was the summer, my daughter wore light sleeveless pajamas to bed. She woke up the next day with the huge bullseye spots on her thigh and upper arm. At first I thought it could be ringworm, but it didn't match all the symptoms.

The next day, wearing the same pajamas, she had another huge bullseye on her other arm and another one on her leg. That was Sunday. Now I thought for sure it was lime disease because of where my in-laws live, so I decided to take her to the doctor first thing Monday morning.

Sunday night my daughter wore her long sleeve pajamas with pants to bed and woke up with two huge bullseye spots on the top of each hand.

When we got to the doctor, the doctor said it was just mosquito bites. I couldn't believe it after the strange progression of bullseye spots and them getting bigger with each passing day. But my doctor said that there was probably one or two mosquitos that got into her room and that come out at night to feed on her (yuck). She said they can live indoors for a long time as long as they have something to feed on. That's why the spots popped up on her hands the last day, because she was wearing the long sleeves and her hands were the only skin that was exposed.

As for the huge bullseye spots, she said some kids are just more allergic to the bite than others. That's why some will only get a red dot, others get the big bullseye.

After that, my daughter slept with my husband and I for the next few nights just to be safe, and after that, no more bites, and the bullseyes went away pretty quick.

I'm sorry your daughter's bites have gotten infected. That doesn't sound very fun. If they are still itching her, you can make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the bites. That should help stop her from wanting to scratch them. But hopefully this will give you a little peace of mind that it's nothing more serious. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions. Good luck!

they aren't chiggers, huh? from the playground? Surely a Dr. would know what chigger bites look like though! hmm.. I don't know?! but i'm very curious to find out!! keep us posted!

Take everything off the bed and vacuum the matress especially around the seams. It may be bed bugs. Typically they bite 3 times in a straight line (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is what I've been told by a friend that's a dermatologist. Then launder the sheets again in hot water. good luck

Same thing around here. They are chiggers. Honest. I have yet to find anything that stops the itching. All you can do is prevent the bites with a light spraying of repellent on her ankles. That's all that works around here. It sounds like the school needs to spray the bushes. Have you compared notes with other parents?

Here are some helpful links:
http://pediatrics.about.com/od/dermatologytopics/a/06_chi...
http://www.myhomeremedies.com/topic.cgi?topicid=232
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/MEDLINEPLUS/ency/imagepages/2046.htm

I could be watching too much mistery diagnosis, but you may want to make sure she doesn't have a skin infection. There was an episode where the couple thought that they were being bitten by spiders, but it turned out it was some type of infection, and can be dangerous if it settles int the blood stream.

T.,
When my youngest daughter gets bit by ants or mosquito's or chiggers she gets the lump under the skin and it itches bad. This is because she is allergic to all bites. Here is what we do to help with it. Benadryl by mouth along with pepside Ac for stomach?"(sometimes benadryl or bites will make their tummy hurt) and off brand not benadryl itch cream on bites. We also do a cold compress to help with the swelling and ease the itch. before bed she get benadryl by mouth. we do this for about 2 days. its hard because she has missed school due to the swelling or getting bite at school and the teachers not sending her to the office to call me. I have told everyone at her school so when it happens i can get up there with benydral to help stop it. just watch your kiddo and let the school know. my daughter is not allowed to play outside after 5 becasuse thats when bugs are most active. hope this helps.

I know that you already have a lot of info, but I wanted to respond. Honestly it sounds like chigger bites. My son had the same thing in his diaper area and he would scratch so bad, they were huge welts under the skin with the "bulleseye" as you stated. Our doctor prescribed a steroid cream that we would put on it twice a day. Chiggers can bite during the day and not show up until much later, most of the time we would notice the bites the next morning when getting him ready for daycare. Chiggers can hang out in tall grass and bushes, you stated that there were a lot of bushes and grass in the area, this is what made me think of chiggers. My son had one so bad from scratching that it turned into a staph infection, also they can take weeks to go away and if your daughter keeps scratching then it will take longer. My son had i think it was 3 and it swear it took almost a month for them to all go away. Good luck, any by the way fingernail polish on chiggers does not work and actually makes the chigger stay on the skin causing scaring, just have her rinse off and they should come right off, but i would probalby take her back to the doctor, the steroid cream helps with the itching.

My 15mo. old daughter had the same thing. I still suspect it was chicken pox. I was also told it was chiggers by people. I took her to the doctor with no luck. He told me it was neither or scabies, but some sort of bites. We could not find fleas or mosquitoes. She is outside a lot. They eventually ran their course(same time frame as pox.) I dont have a good answer but I am very interested to hear any reponses???????

I have a very similar story. My 2 year old son is a mosquito/ant magnet. If there is one in the vacinity, it will bite him. Like your daughter, he scratches the bits, sometimes until they bleed. We've taken him to the doctor as well and were given a type of hydrocortizone steriod cream to use on the bites. It seem to help with the itching, but he still scratches and the bites still look terrible. I've started giving him Benedryl at night when I notice the bites to help with the itching and to try to prevent him from scratching the bites in his sleep (which he does). My guess is that you don't have anything peculiar in your home, but that your daughter is being bitten by something outside (like mosquitos). I think your best bet is to try to prevent the bites by using some type of bug repellant. I've tried just about every kind on the market and I'm sorry to say that the only kind that works for my son (close your eyes Green mothers) is the kind with Deet - less than 30% but more than 10%. I make sure that my son has bug spray on - any time of the day - if he's outside. You could also try bathing your daughter with a product like Avon's Skin So Soft to see if that helps prevent the bites.

Best of luck!!

Sounds like it might be chiggers.
Check out this link...it may be helpful.
http://pediatrics.about.com/od/dermatologytopics/a/06_chi...
Or this wiki page for more info on what they are..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_mite

Hope this helps. They are generally pushed from one grassy area to another when mowing etc.

Could there be chiggers ( or however you spell them) in the playground? I don't live in an area where there are any,but I hear they burrow under the skin and are quite painful, so this could be it. Also "clean" people can get bedbugs, but seems like she should have bites more than on her ankles, if this were the case. It really sounds more like some bug in the playground bushes and grass area.

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