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Summer (and bug season!) is here. What are the best ways that you relieve an itchy bug bite?
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There is nothing worse than a really itchy bug bite, especially somewhere hard to reach! If a bug bite is really itchy or if there is a large localised reaction, I will normally give my kids an antihistamine tablet / syrup and apply an antihistamine ointment to the site. For smaller bug bites such as mosquito bites in summer, I find calamine lotion to be quite soothing but when I haven't had calamine around, I have made a paste with cornstarch and applied that to the bite. Interestingly, using Maizena / cornstarch was also recommended when my kids had chickenpox - it was very effective when applied as a dry powder.
My friend, whose kids have extremely sensitive skin, swears by the use of an insect bite zapper such as the Bite Away or Zap It. These devices administer a tiny electrical shock to the affected area which inhibits the release of histamines.
As a school nurse, I have used Calagel lotion (better than Calamine) for many years to help relieve itchy bites. When that fails, a cold compress helps. If the bite is still really itchy, personally, I may take an antihistamine at night to relieve the itch and get some rest.
I like these ideas! I use a homemade remedy with essential oils and take it in a roll on tube when we go camping or outdoors in the heat. For us, it works with:
2 teaspoons Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Peppermint essential oil
You can get all of these ingredients in the shopping centre and/or health food shop. Its a cheap and easy remedy for the whole family!
The Aussie way to deal with bug bites is to spit on them. Seriously! Many people swear that this works but honestly its not for me. Pawpaw ointment is an absolute blessing for bug bites though and I swear by it. Give it a try. You will be amazed and its all natural.
We always want to know the fastest remedy for everything! I guess that comes out naturally to moms, right? For bug bites, you can initially wash the area with soap and water and put a cloth dampened with cold water or ice in the bite area for about 20 minutes. It will surely reduce the swelling if there is any.
I have tried putting paste made of baking soda and water or sometimes cotton with some drops of vinegar. It surely can relieve the itch. But, If you have a calamine lotion, you can put a small amount in the area to relieve the itch instead.
Be sure to put something when it's itchy because kids won't be able to control themselves from scratching and it may lead to some skin irritations in the long run.