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,
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!
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)
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)
They might be chiggers. Do a search on the internet for chiggers and you will find all kinds of info and
you should be able to tell by the article if that is what she has. (07/09/2004)
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
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)
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)
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)
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 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.
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
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)
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.
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.
Hope everything works out good (06/25/2006)
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)
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)
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)
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