Bedbug Bite

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Overview

Bed Bugs can be very small ( Cimex Lectularius). Their main food source is blood from humans and other mammals. The bed bugs prefer to live in warm, dry areas such as mattresses, upholstered furniture, and rug, and come out at dawn to eat. The bite of a bedbug is not painful so it will not cause any discomfort to your baby. However, it can cause severe itching. The bite will cause itchy bumps in the skin, which can appear as lines or clusters. While the bite itself is harmless and they do not transmit blood-borne diseases to humans, children and babies can scratch at bedbug bites and potentially cause secondary skin infections.

Who’s at Risk?

Any age can be bitten easily by bedbugs. Bedbugs don’t eat other warm-blooded creatures and only feed on humans. This is why they are often found in dorms and prisons. They can also be found in areas where people travel, such as shelters and hotels. There is no connection between bedbug infestations and poor hygiene or untidiness, as they don’t feed on dirt or trash. Children who live in different environments may be more susceptible to bedbug infestations. It’s probably impossible to inspect a couch or mattress for bed bugs. An adult bedbug is the same size as an apple seed. They don’t have wings but can move fast.

Signs and symptoms

A bug bite, or your child rubbing his or her legs against something could be signs of a bug bite. What began as small, bruise-like bumps may turn into larger, more visible red bumps (arms, chest, and sometimes even the face). It is possible to have 3 bites per line, commonly known as “breakfast, lunch, dinner, and night”. The resolution process takes around 2 weeks. It may cause some darkening of the skin (post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation).

Eczema can be a problem for infants. Itchy skin may cause itchy bumps and reddening in large areas. Infants may scratch at the skin, which could lead to infection. It is important to trim the nails of infants.

There are signs that indicate bedbug infestation. These include bloodstains on the sheets and flecks of bedbug urine around the mattress. You might also notice a sweet, strong odor from large numbers. If you look at the bed at night, it is possible to identify a moving bedbug.

Guidelines for self-care

The treatment of bedbug bites involves removing the bedbugs and managing the child’s itching.

Wash your linens in hot soapy water. Dry them in a dryer. You may also need curtains to be washed. To remove eggs and cracks from furniture, scrub it. You might need to disassemble the furniture. Vacuum all surfaces, including mattress and crevices. You can seal any cracks and apply rolling wallpaper seams to the room. You should also inspect adjoining rooms for bedbugs, even if it is not a problem.

Sometimes it’s best to have a licensed pest controller inspect and eradicate bed bugs in severe infestations. Be aware that some insect repellants are toxic to children. Find out which chemicals will be used by the agent and what their risk profile is.

Hydrocortisone is an example of a low-strength, topical corticosteroid cream that can be bought over-the counter. It shouldn’t be used on the skin, or in any folds. Keep children’s nails short so that they don’t scratch their skin.

If you are travelling and staying in hotels, make sure your suitcase and clothing are away from any furniture or beds. Wash the clothes you bought with you when you return home and store your suitcase in an attic or basement where bugs are less likely to be disturbed.

When is it time to seek medical attention

Your baby may need a prescription-strength topical steroid to help intensely itchy bites. Infants, especially those at night, have a hard time avoiding scratching and may attempt to rub the area with anything. Before you give Benadryl(r), an antihistamine to your child, make sure they consult their doctor. As scratching can result in infection, consult your child’s physician if there are any pus, redness or swelling. Anaphylaxis is a rare form of severe allergic reaction that can affect the airway. You should seek immediate medical attention if this happens to your child.

Treatments Your Physician May Prescribe

The doctor may recommend that your child use a topical corticosteroid for itching and inflammation. These are particularly helpful at night to prevent infection. In rare cases, oral corticosteroids might be necessary for a blistering skin reaction. Oral antibiotics may be necessary if your child develops a bacterial infection. Anaphylaxis can occur in rare cases and should be treated immediately.

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