Mosquito bites are a common problem during the warm summer months, and they can cause pain and uncomfortable itching for your kids.
While there are many kid-safe products available over-the-counter to ease the itch and pain of mosquito bites, I’ve found that a few simple home remedies really work just as well to combat symptoms, and of course, they cost less!
Following are a few natural mosquito bite remedies that I have tried and recommend.
Baking soda — My favorite home remedy to ease the itch and redness of mosquito bites is baking soda. Mix baking soda with water to make a paste, and apply to the mosquito bite. The baking soda paste eases the itch, and I always notice that my son’s mosquito bites appear less inflamed after the application.
Vinegar — Plain white vinegar or apple cider vinegar applied to a mosquito bite will also help ease itch. Apply vinegar to a cotton ball and dab on affected area.
Lime juice — You can also use the juice from a lime or lemon to help curb the itch from those pesky mosquito bites. I’ve also heard that the inside peel of a banana works well, and if you’ve tried it, please let me know in the comments!
Tea bags — Another clever way to soothe itchy mosquito bites is by using tea bags. Simply place a cool, used tea bag on the sting for five minutes. The tannic acid in tea is a natural anti-inflammatory, so, in addition to easing itchiness, you’ll notice a reduction in the bite’s redness and swelling.
Ice — If all else fails, one sure-fire way to relieve the itch, at least for a short window of time, is to apply an ice pack. The ice will temporarily numb the area and knock out the itch.
As a reminder, mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, symptoms include: fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. If you notice that your child shows any of these symptoms or signs of a skin infection like redness, swelling, streaking or pus, be sure to call his or her pediatrician.
Which natural remedies do you use to treat itchy summertime mosquito bites?
Crissy Page, blogger, digital influencer, and mother-of-two, is the founder of DearCrissy.com, a popular parenting and lifestyle blog. Crissy engages thousands of online readers and social media followers each month, and shares heartfelt stories of motherhood, recipes, product finds, and time-saving tips for on-the-go moms.
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