My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

Help, my 3 year old daughter keeps getting bitten, in the house, sometimes at night, sometimes during the day,

by unseen, unknown bugs! They are very red, and incredibly itchy. She is miserable, and as she itches,

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the bites become huge lumps and welts, and even sometimes have a red ring around them. She will get 8 to

10 at a time. First, how do I help her itching, and secondly, how do I get rid of any bugs in the house?

What can I use that is a natural product? We are very conscious of chemicals and pesticides and don't

want the effects of those around our daughter either!
Any help would be very much appreciated!
Beth :)

Answers:

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

Do you have a pet? It may be flea bites. They usually bite about 3 times in the same area. If you have

carpet, put salt or borax on the floor and around the baseboards. Let it sit (overnight would be great)

then clean it up. Vacuum your sofa and mattresses and chairs. Treat the pets with a good flea bath or

behind the neck medication. Do this again in about 2 weeks as flea eggs will be hatching again. Try

Calamine lotion on your child's bites and cool baths, not warm or hot ones. Good luck! (07/09/2004)

By Caima

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

My guess would be bed bugs. I've read a couple of recent articles stating that they're making a

comeback. They're about lentil-sized and are reddish-brown. If that's what you have, do a search to

find the best way to get rid of them; I know it involves washing and sterilizing all the bedding, but I

don't remember the particulars or the magazines where I read the article. Good luck. (07/09/2004)

By NHdoubleK

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

They might be chiggers. Do a search on the internet for chiggers and you will find all kinds of info and

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you should be able to tell by the article if that is what she has. (07/09/2004)

By Kathy

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

My first thought was bed bugs also, and there's a way to get rid of them without chemicals that is safe

for pets and kids, too. Wash all the linens, pillows, and loose rugs in the house. Then close up the

rooms and leave only one window open in each room. Put fresh thyme in the corners of the rooms and on the

furniture. (I actually used dried herbs and it worked fine.) If it's bed bugs, they will be gone by the

end of the day.

I would, however, take her to see a doctor. I rarely take my kids, but my son had something similar

when he was about 7 and it was scabies which requires some serious topical stuff. He apparently got it at

a sleepover.

Chiggers, by the way, will go away by themselves and need to live outdoors so it's unlikely that they

are in the house. (if she's getting bitten at night.)

Whatever it is, she must be encouraged not to scratch. She'll prolong chigger infestation in the skin

(they live in the bumps), spread the scabies, or otherwise infect the bites.

Also have your doctor check for ringworm if there's a red ring forming. (07/09/2004)

By Allison

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

Put fingernail polish over the chigger bite. The head of a chigger lives under the skin. The nail

polish smothers the chigger. (07/11/2004)

By Ellen

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

My elderly mother had the same problem. I discovered that a bird had built a nest in her air conditioner

housing and it was blowing bird mites all through the house. They were eating her alive. They were barely

visible. I scrubbed her from head to toe with a prescription dog shampoo for mites and fleas, set off

insect bombs in the house, and removed the bird nest from the air conditioner. I bought a generic itch

lotion that reminded me of aloe vera. If you have a bird in the house, it might be mites. (07/11/2004)

By Marti

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

Having her soak in a lukewarm bath with Aveeno oatmeal soak will help with the itching (ask at your

pharmacy, no prescription needed, but it's a little pricey). You could also, more cheaply, dissolve

baking soda into a lukewarm bath, that helps soothe itching, too. Believe it or not, making a paste of

meat tenderizer and water, and applying it directly to the bites, can also soothe itching (it's what

lifeguards use for jellyfish stings). (07/15/2004)

By Becki in IN

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

My mother had a 'unseen' bug problem too, but just at night. Her dh was not getting bitten.
She searched her bedroom and finally solved it after taking a dried flower arrangement above her bed

outside and shaking it over white paper. It turns out it was full of tiny red bugs! After cleaning the

bedroom she didn't have another bite.
(08/20/2004)

By Lisa

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

Here in rural California, in early summer, we get "no-see-ums." They are so tiny you can barely see them

(hence the name). The ones that attack us live in grass or fields, but I think there are different kinds.

Their bites are fierce! I'm fairly tolerant of insect bites and even I will itch like mad for several

days; for my husband and kids, they are really tortured. I've read it can be a serious problem for

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livestock because horses and cows will rub themselves raw trying to relieve the itch of these bites. The

no-see-ums we get die out after we have a couple of 100 degree days in a row.

For itch relief, we have had some success with product called "Olbas Oil." It doesn't say anything

about stopping itches, it's a menthol-y inhalant, but the lady at the health food store recommended it

and it seems to help. Also, we accidentally discovered that Tom's Baking Soda Toothpaste seems to help.

(Before we tried the Olbas, I went stumbling in the night for the cortisone cream to put on my daughter,

then in the morning I couldn't find my toothpaste!) also, when really desperate, we have tried benadryl

too. At least it makes them so sleepy they can't scratch holes in themselves. (09/21/2004)

By E

Get Prednisone

After scratching for two weeks, I finally went to the doctor for little red spots/bites around my ankle.

My doctor believed it was bug bites (I think it was chiggers). She prescribed prednisone and

it started to clear up in 2 days. Don't suffer. Go to your doctor. And the medication is very

inexpensive. I paid around $3.00 for a week's prescription.

If you can't make it to the doctor, fingernail polish seems to work also. Just dab a little bit on and

use the blowdryer at the highest heat you can stand. It will really help to take the itch away.

(10/06/2005)

By Laura

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

I have the same exact thing. I strongly think they are beg bugs. Don't let your daughter sleep in her bed

tonight. And at like 8 or 9 o clock at night go in her room with a flash light and you would be able to

see them crawling on her bed if they are bed bugs. What you need to do is buy Bug Out. Use the three cans

in her room. Take the sheets and pillow cases, spread, then box spring and the mattress apart. Then leave

the bottles in there for at least two days. Then move her whole room around clean the floor, all the

clothes that were in her room her closet, absolutely "everything" in there. Then put new sheets on her

bed and everything should be OK.

Good luck.
Hope everything works out good (06/25/2006)

By Alicia

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

I was wondering if it could be spiders? I have had similar episodes and the next day turned the furniture

stand next to the bed upside down. There were fine webs and small, long legged spiders. I have also swept

all the areas under each piece in the room, windows, bookcases, etc. Tea tree oil soothes these bites.

Perhaps you could try spraying a solution of the oil mixed with some water on the bed linens. I know this

keeps insects in motels from being bothersome whenever we have traveled. I know how important it is to

use nontoxic agents. I use nothing, but in our home because my body reacts to others. I would never use

bleach or nail polish directly on the skin. In less than 30 minutes those enter every organ through your

skin. I never knew this information, but actually have seen my health improve by ridding them from use.

That's why transdermal patches are used for quit smoking, nausea, hormone replacement, etc. (09/27/2007)

By Ladybugv2

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

It may be fleas or bed bugs, fleas will bite all day and bed bugs only at night. The bite itch is very

intense from both, the flea bite will heal quite fast. Bed bug bite marks will stay for months and appear

dark. Remember there are diseases that can be passed through infestation of either,
consult with your doctor. Good luck. (12/09/2007)

By pepperjack

My daughter is being bitten by unknown bugs!

My little girl was also getting bitten by unknown creepies, we knew it wasn't fleas as we have no pets

and checked for bed bugs and couldn't find anything. So we all went to doctor's as we all started

itching, we kept feeling like we were being bitten, but when we looked there was no bug. There just an

itch that turned into a spot all over our bodies, and it turned out to be scabies. I was so shocked, as I

thought you had to be dirty to catch something like that, which is not the case. After being diagnosed

with this, I realized I had been in contact with someone who had scabies and that's probably how we got

it. We had to apply cream all over our bodies and are now itch free. I would have never thought it could

have been that. If your having similar problems go to your doctor. (10/06/2010)

By jayne1972

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