Mosquitoes are literally everywhere these days, both indoors and outdoors. Mosquito bites can be painful, itchy and turn blotchy, which could cause your baby to cry in discomfort. In reality, there is no sure shot way to avoid mosquito bites, but there are ways you can treat them in kids. Keep reading to find out how.
Natural Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites on Babies
Your child’s skin is sensitive which is why the practice of preventing the use of topical (chemical-based) agents goes a long way towards maintaining healthy skin.
Here are 10 simple but effective herbal remedies for mosquito bites on babies.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda restores pH level, and just one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 cup of water alone will reduce itchiness instantly! Apply it to the bites with a clean cloth and let it sit for 10 minutes before washing it away. If your baby’s skin starts itching, discontinue its use.
Lemons provide anaesthetic and anti-inflammatory benefits and are the simplest and most natural cure for mosquito bites on babies. Just cut up a lemon into two pieces and gently rub it over the affected regions. Another alternative is to apply a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice on the skin.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
A warm bath with two to three cups of apple cider vinegar added into the bathtub works wonders against multiple mosquito bites on your child’s body. Just try it and see yourself. It can cause dryness, so discontinue this if you notice your baby having drier skin than usual.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is known to treat itching, swelling, pain and has natural antiseptic properties which makes it a good home remedy for treating mosquito bites on babies. Keep it in the fridge for around ten to fifteen minutes then gently rubbing it over the affected areas.
Toothpaste varieties that free from fluoride and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate can be used for treating mosquito bites in babies. Just dab over the affected areas directly to eliminate itchiness and painful swellings within a brief time period. However, use this carefully as toothpaste has fluoride.
6. Tea Bags
If you don’t mind the unconventional route, then teabags will come to save the day where mosquito bites are concerned. Teabags contain tannins which are known as astringent agents – perfect for treating mosquito bites by draining fluids from affected spots quickly.
7. Ice Cubes
Ice cubes prevent pain and reduce swelling in areas bitten by mosquitos. It’s one of the best home remedies for providing relief against mosquito bites in babies. Just get a couple of ice cubes and wrap them in a clean cloth. Place them over the affected areas and dab gently for about 15 minutes for an effective treatment.
Did you know that honey’s got an amazing shelf life? It’s time to take out that stash of honey and apply a thin layer over your child’s affected areas for an instant natural treatment. Honey is known to eliminate inflammation and soothe areas that are affected by mosquito bites.
Garlic has been used as an ancient remedy for treating swelling and inflammation for years. It is also used for treating mosquito bites and the way you use it is by rubbing garlic over the skin areas that were bitten by mosquitoes. Wait for several minutes and rinse the skin with water afterwards.
10. Sea Salt
Sea salt has rich anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, which makes it a simple yet amazing mosquito bite remedy for baby. Just grab some from the kitchen, mix with it warm water and clean over the bitten areas to reduce swelling and inflammation. Make sure to avoid the eyes and sensitive areas.
And that’s it! These are some simple but effective cures for treating mosquito bites in babies. Just try them out, and you’ll notice a difference immediately. However, if your child shows signs of fever or has rashes after being bitten, consult a doctor if they do not subside!
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