Friday, September 6, 2019

Homemade Bug Bite Remedy


When a mosquito, spider, tick, bee or other insect bites you they inject poison or other harmful substances into your body.  Kids may feel the pain immediately, especially with bee stings or they may experience itching and swelling later, especially with mosquito bites.

If a bee stings your child remove the stinger as soon as possible and wash the area with soap and water before applying a home remedy. 

WARNING

If your child develops difficulty breathing, dizziness, faints, bloating or vomiting from a bug bit they are most likely allergic.  Call 911.

Popular Home Remedies:
  • Ice - Ice numbs the pain and decreases the release of histamines (which cause the itchiness).  Apply for 10 minutes at a time until your child feels better.  Wrap the ice in a wash cloth rather than apply directly to their skin.
  • Tea Tree Oil - Antibacterial tea tree oil can help with itching.  Dilute the oil in water.  1 part oil to 9 parts water.  Use a cotton swab to dab the area twice a day until it gets better.  If it is too harsh coconut oil also has soothing elements.
  • Toothpaste - Mint flavored toothpaste can help cool an itchy bite.  Use a cotton swab to apply it directly onto the affected area.
  • Baking Soda - Baking soda eases inflammation and itchiness.  Add water to baking soda to make a paste.  Use a cotton swab to apply to the affected area for 20 minutes.
  • Honey - Apply a small amount to the affected area. Cover with a loose bandage and leave on for up to an hour.
  • Witch Hazel - A tried-and-true herbal remedy for insect bites and bee stings. It can help reduce inflammation, pain, and itching. Apply it directly to the bee sting as needed.
  • Calendula Cream - is an antiseptic used to heal minor wounds and ease skin irritation. Apply the cream directly to the sting.
  • Aloe Vera - Known for soothing the skin and relieving pain. If you have an aloe vera plant, break off a leaf and squeeze the gel directly onto the affected area.
  • Dry Soap Bar - Rubbing a dry bar of soap on the bump can reduce the itching temporarily.
  • Green Tea - Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that will help the bite shrink faster.  Apply a cooled green tea bag directly to the bite.
  • Basil - Basil is packed with menthol and camphor compounds, which create a cooling sensation that helps eliminate the itch. Crush basil leaves into a paste and apply it directly to the bite. Cover with a bandage.
  • Lemon Balm - It is a natural antihistamine that helps relieve itching.
  • Milk - The proteins in milk calm inflammation and reduce redness and swelling. Dab it onto the affected area with a cotton ball.

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