Mark Domet, M.D.
Itchy, red bumps are a problem that can be caused by bites from mosquitoes, chiggers, fleas, bedbugs or a host of other insects. While bites usually do not lead to an emergency situation, it can be helpful to know what insect caused them so you know how to relieve your child’s discomfort and prevent future bites.
Parents often have a hard time determining what kind of insect caused the wound on their child. However, knowing the culprit can be helpful in deciding how to treat the bite.
Insect bites are treated differently depending on the type of discomfort they cause.
To prevent pesky bites from most insects, be sure to apply insect repellent to clothing and exposed skin before going outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk. Non-DEET or low percentage DEET products are safest, especially for young children.
Flea bites can be prevented by having your pets treated by your veterinarian or cleansing the pet with flea powder or soap. Daily vacuuming can get rid of any fleas that remain.
Bedbugs can be eliminated with the help of a licensed exterminator.
Call your child's physician during office hours if you have questions or if the itching or pain continues to be severe after treatment. If a bite increases in tenderness or swelling, or has red streaks, pustules or drainage, it may be infected, and you should call or see a medical professional immediately.