How to get rid of fleas?

Zonnicka - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My poor children are 18 months old now and is attacked by fleas. I dont know how it comes into my house fore my dogs stays outside. What can I put on the bites and how can I get rid of the fleas in my house? My daughter arms and legs are packed with all the bites and it is itchy. She is scratching the bites and there is water coming out of the bites. She had chicken pox so its not chicken pox. How can I help my child? My boy got a few on his body but not much. Ho can I treat the bites?

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Louise - posted on 04/23/2010

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Treat your house first of all with a flea killing spray tha can be bought from any supermarket. Take your children out for a few hours so that they do not breath in the fumes. Treat the dog as well. Now you have these bites on your children the best thing to take the itch away is sudacrem available from supermarkets or chemists. This will sooth the itch and reduce the swelling and redness. Fleas live in soft furnishings and could be any where in the house. The poor dog may not be the culprit but if your children have bites the dog will be covered in them. Another thing people do not realise is that fleas also live in grass! Good luck with the bug busting!

Jackie - posted on 04/30/2010

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Are you absolutely positive it's fleas? Do you see them? Because it may be bed bugs or something like that... Go into their bedroom at night when they ar sleeping with a flash light. If it's bed bugs you will see them at night. Hope this helps.

Autumn - posted on 04/22/2010

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keep the bites clean, dont scratch them as it will open the bites up an can lead to secondary infections. try using a cold compress on them If the affected area is read and swollen, you may apply a mild steroid cream like 1% hydrocortisone cream. This should be easily available from any pharmacy without the need of a prescription. Hydrocortisone helps in reducing inflammation rapidly. Alternatively, if you have a bottle of calamine lotion at home, this may help too.Very often, the itch caused by the fleabites can be very intense. An oral dose of anti-histamine like Dimetapp, Chlortrimeton is very effective in relieving itch. Once the itch stops, you will stop scratching as well and the healing will take place faster.Treatment of flea bites using these home remedies should improves within a few days, However, if the condition worsen whereby, they remained red and swollen with discharges, then a trip to your family doctor may be necessary. Your doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics for you and a jab of steroid may be needed to stop the inflammation.

Yolanda - posted on 04/25/2010

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When house hunting I went to a house that was infested by fleas. I was able to relieve some of the itching by using benadryl and calamyne lotion. Ice also works to stop the itching. To get rid of them, I called an exterminator, but that only gets rid of the living fleas not the eggs that they lay. (They usually lay eggs quickly!!) To get rid of the eggs I bought a special carpet powder that I got from Wal-Mart and vacuumed almost everyday for like 8-10 days!!

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Zonnicka - posted on 04/30/2010

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Thank you for all the replies. I am going away for the weekend so this weekend we are going to fumegate the whole house. I bought cream from the chemist and the bites is better.

Ivy - posted on 04/24/2010

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You have to treat it all. If you only treat your house when the kids play outside they will bring the bugs back inside and reinfect your house.

Julie - posted on 04/22/2010

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Contact an exterminator about the bugs. Talk to your vet about fleas on your pets. Fleas are rather mobile and don't need a ride in on a dog to be in your home!

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