Bed bug bites can occur among infants. These insects prefer dry and warm areas such as mattresses and feed on blood. Anyone is at risk for ending up with bed bug bites and the treatment is the same for all ages. In case a baby was bitten, the itchiness and discomfort can be controlled by eliminating the bed bugs.
Close look on bed bug bites
The bed bug bites are characterized by reddened or pinkish bumps in clusters or lines on the skin of the child. If the child has sensitive skin, any bites can turn into large-sized welts.
The bites are generally painless but can become itchy and forces the baby to scratch the area.
Management of the bites
It is important to note that there is no proof that bed bugs transmit blood-borne ailments. Nevertheless, the itchiness might cause discomfort for the child. A doctor should be consulted if worried.
The doctor might prescribe a topical corticosteroid to ease the itchiness. An oatmeal bath might be recommended to alleviate the itchiness as well. An oatmeal bath can be bought at a drugstore or simply add the powdered form of oatmeal to lukewarm water. Carefully supervise the child while he/she is in the bath and only utilize a small amount of water to prevent drowning.
The nails of the child should be trimmed short while the bed bug bites are healing. If the bites are scratched, they might bleed which increases the risk for bacterial infection of the skin. In case an infection develops after the bedbug bites were scratched, antibiotics might be necessary.
The ideal way to eliminate bed bugs is to thoroughly wash linens, bedding and curtains in hot water and must be dried in a dryer at the highest setting.
Any cracks in the furniture should be fixed and vacuum the room and mattress. It is recommended to cover the mattress with a plastic cover. In severe cases of infestation, bed bugs can thrive under the carpet or wallpaper as well as peeling paint. A professional exterminator might be needed if you cannot eliminate the bed bugs.