Bites on my toddlers legs

Jennifer - posted on 04/04/2012 ( 39 moms have responded )

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Can someone help please, last week, my son and i were playing outside and when we got in he started stratching his belly below the belly button. i discovered 3 bumps, that looked like mosquito bites. they went away in 2days. well yesterday we were playing in the grass, riding a bike, and coloring with chalk. This morning, he woke up with bites all up the back of his one leg, 2 behind his ear, and one on his upper chest. My sister, is adimit that it's bed bugs or fleas. But if it was those, the other people in the house would have them bites too. he has a tendancy to climb into bed with me in middle of night after he goes potty, and i don't have bites at all on me. Can someone help me please. I don't know what they are...and i'm worried.

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Debbie - posted on 04/05/2012

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If they were playing in the grass, it is probably fleas. Not everyone is equally attractive to fleas. My son got flea bites all over his legs until I started giving him vitamin B which was recommended by his pediatrician. Apparently, the B vitamin makes the blood not attractive to them and they left him alone. Fleas live in the grass and it is flea season. If you have pets and get them treated for fleas after they are bathed, you must also treat your yard. If you don't have pets, mother natures other animals carry them. Golfers, squirrels, rabbits, etc. The best you can do is spray your yard and treat him with the vitamin B. I did notice that it took a couple of weeks of the B vitamins to make a difference because it had to build up in his bloodstream. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 04/05/2012

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Took my son to his pedatrician this morning. They informed me that it's a severely allergic to the chemicals in the grass, and outside. They said it wasn't bedbug bites or flea bites. they look like hives. and i told her i new it wasn't bed bugs or flea bites, cuz, he has an occasion to sleep in my bed and that's not it,and if i was flea's the room the dog is in mystep son would be bitten, and he's not. they gave us some cream, and said to pump him with benadryl. so we shall see.

Joyce - posted on 04/05/2012

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It sounds like chigger bites to me. Keep your baby out of the grass. Some places call chiggers by the name no see ems. You can't see those chiggers but they will bite you and make you feel very itchy. You can do some searching on the internet and read up on what to do to avoid these bites. This is now chigger season.

Ada - posted on 04/04/2012

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Try putting Skin-So-Soft ( from Avon ) on him before you go outside. Mosquito don't like it.

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Kristi - posted on 08/16/2012

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My daughter has a high allergy to mosquitos. Could it be that? Hers get the size of a quater and sometimes bigger. Hers last about a week.

Jennifer - posted on 04/09/2012

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It's not bed bugs or fleas. It's just chronic hives. they are mostley all gone, and haven't gotten any new one's since saturday morning. Been keepign a food diary, for everything he's eating. Taking him to a dermatologist and allergist

Kim - posted on 04/08/2012

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Fleas, mosquitoes, and chiggers love being outdoors more than inside. If you see them upon rising, rather than following an outing, then assume the bedbug thing. Baby blood is so very sweet, make sure you apply a very gentle repellent, ususally to clothing, to deter the three nasties. Don't be ashamed to have someone check your home for invaders, either.

Amanda - posted on 04/08/2012

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Could be little spiders. I was bit by little red spiders one year and they looked liked mosquito bites. They are in the grass all the time. If you are worried then go see a doctor the next time the bites are there. They maybe able to tell you. They say spider bites have the two spots in the middle but these spiders were so small that you could barely see them.

Naomi - posted on 04/07/2012

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Sulfer powder in a sock. Dust the exposed skin (except the face) with a light coating. It keeps chiggers mosquitos and other little bugs away. Can be bought at most garden and hardware supply stores. Also safer for baby's skin than nail polish.

Laura Jane - posted on 04/06/2012

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I would say fleas that have been living in the grass, then have got desperate for a feed and gone mad on your little one :( sudocrem is great for bites x

Isobel - posted on 04/06/2012

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if it were bed bugs it would be every day I think, and I can attest to the fact that if a mosquito gets up inside a pant leg, they WILL bite you a thousand times if they can. I would still check the beds and couches, but it's doubtful that he's gone a week without any bites and that he's the only one being bitten if it's bed bugs or fleas.

Wendy - posted on 04/06/2012

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I don't know what it is. I keep having this same thing happen at my house with my two year old. Nobody else gets bitten, well except now, my twin 6 month old girls. I think that it is chiggers. I take his bed apart, examine it, and spray it down with some over the counter bedbug spray. Clean it afterwards, and it doesn't happen again for a while. It is not bedbugs. There are no signs of bedbugs. But that spray covers a lot of unwanted creatures! Good luck!

Jamie - posted on 04/06/2012

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Chigger bites usually welt and take many days or weeks to clear up and are very painful... if they were just itchy and went away in two days, I doubt they are chiggers.

It does sound like it could be an allergy though. Also, my parents never reacted to flea bites, but as a child I would get itchy bumps when I got bit. So it is possible to be flea bites without anyone else noticing them on their body.

Donna - posted on 04/06/2012

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It still could be fleas even though nobody else in the house gets bit. I am the only one in my house that has ever gotten bit by fleas.

Beth - posted on 04/06/2012

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If it's bedbugs it might not show up on other people. Me and my son Braxton were covered in horrible bites that we scratched terribly and have scars to show for it. I have a big house and it cost me 1900.00 to get rid of the bedbugs. Orkin wanted 3000.00 to do it and I had to pay 1725.00 for the initial visit to heat the house to 130 degrees to kill the bugs and even that didn't do the job. I had to have them come back multiple times and after 3 months had to pay out of pocket for 3 visits. Please check your beds espcially wood framed beds for markings. They leave black or red spots all over the seams of your beds and they are small redish bugs the silze of small pencil top erasers. If you have an infestation you really do want to get them treated. They are very hard to get rid of. Again te rest of you may not show the signs of bedbugs, every one reacts the bugs differently.

Jessica - posted on 04/06/2012

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Sand fleas keep biting my daughter every time she plays outside on her legs back neck behind her ears everywhere so it wouldn't surprise me if it was sand fleas, no one else gets bitten just her

Holly - posted on 04/05/2012

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more than likely it is chiggers, you can mix a 1/4 cup bleach with a whole cup of water, just like the chlorine you would find in a pool, that will kill the bugs and relieve the itch, also lancane is great for itching until the bumps go away.

Diana - posted on 04/05/2012

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I was thinking bug bites, lite chiggers maybe; but since its on his chest and behind his ears I am thinking more like an allergic reaction to the grass or something in it. If it continues I would take him to see the doctor.

Heather - posted on 04/05/2012

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Just a thought about hives...my son has a lot of skins/allergy issues. I actually took him to the dr last year because he looked like he had a mild case of chicken pox. I found out he had viral hives. Everytime he would get a virus like a mild cold or anything he would break out in this tiny little hives. We quickly switched to chemical free soaps, shampoos and detergants to calm the skin. We also used oatmeal baths. He had to take singular and several allegra everyday but in the end, it all worked. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 04/05/2012

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They could be HIVES, not bites. Take him to the pediatrician. Check the bed for bed bugs. Unless your living with other people, you shouldn't have them. They could also be fleas, mosquitoes, etc. Take him to the doctor's first, then try putting some Off Woods stuff on him. Get the pack with the wipes so it's easy to apply.

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Take him to a walk in clinic they will be able to help. If you are concerned about bed bugs, strip the bed and search the mattress and bed frame. It is flea season so it could very well be that too. Go to the clinic and get answers.

Heather - posted on 04/05/2012

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If you live in the south they are probably Chiggers...cover them with clear nail polish. The more you scratch the farther they dig into the skin. The nail polish smothers them.

Vanessa - posted on 04/05/2012

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If he is scratching lots it could be scabies which is a mite. my son had lots of bites which i thought were just sandflys from playing outside and in the sandpit, but as im one of those people who get bitten by anything and get an allergic reaction i took him to the dr. gave him antihistamine meds and cream but it didnt help. put the cream for scabies mite on last week and his scatching has reduced so much (can take two weeks till it disappears). if you can go to the dr and see about that meds as well. its a cream that everyone in the house has. no idea how ppl get it but its in every community. however, in NZ we have less bugs/mites than others in the world so might be easier to diagnose here

Sunshine - posted on 04/05/2012

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THEY ARE CALLED "CHIGGERS" AND THEY ARE A LITTLE BITING BUG THAT LIVE IN THE GRASS, TELL THIS TO YOUR DOCTOR, AND HE/SHE CAN PRESCRIBE THE PROPER OINTMENT TO CLEAR UP THE SITUATION. THEY ARE NOT A BIG DEAL, AND IT WILL ALL BE ALRIGHT.

Cat - posted on 04/04/2012

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Hi I get bitten by insects when I'm outdoors and my husband hardly ever does, im 34 and ever since being a kid ive always seemed to have a bad reaction to them too, i did sone research only a couple of years ago, im over in the uk,and if your body has a vitamin b deficiency bugs apparently like the smell of you and tend to bite more, I take vitamin b tablets when the weather starts to gets warm over here but there are also vitamin b patches available mainly in camping shops here but i guess you would have to check dosage and availability for where you are.

They work brilliantly for me and I wish I had found this out years ago

I suppose a kids multivitamin would do the trick

I hope you find a solution

Cat :)

Elizabeth - posted on 04/04/2012

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If there little red itchy bumps they could be chiggers. I was always told to get rid of chiggers you paint the bump with clear nail polish. It suffocates the bug that's under the skin and it comes out on its own. You keep reapplying the nail polish until the red bump is gone.

Daniela - posted on 04/04/2012

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Hello it could be just heat allergy ,it happened to me with my 3 boys,there were red little bumps all over ,but funny think was that one time there were over his back,one time over his legs ,other time on his tummy,and they also disappeared the next day and I have noticed that they will be back only if he was to hot,but just like you I was worried and I went to the doctor and he told me that was heat rash, but it could also be an allergy outside in the play area.If is any bugs bites like fleas would also be very each and you would see your little one trying to scratch himself . I hope this will help,if not consult your family doctor, like I always said to trust your instinct of motherhood:):).

Jennifer - posted on 04/04/2012

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well, i put hydrocortizone cream on the bumps that wre on his belly from last week,and they went away in no time. he didn't even stratch at them after that. this morning, when i woke him up to go shopping, i noticed it on the back of his leg, behind the knee. he said they don't itch..but every now and then i'll catch him trying to scratch but he wont.

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Good to bring him in. The ped should know. :)



My son as a toddler would get a bunch of red bumps all over from the knees down every time he played in the grass. He also owned a pair of sandals that the sides of his feet would react in unless he was also wearing socks. He would also do this thing some nights where he would rub his legs back and forth against each other ALL night long. Putting lotion on them at bedtime solved that one.

Jennifer - posted on 04/04/2012

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Teresa, the one behind his ear, and on the top of chest are already alsmot gone, and hardly visible. the one's on his legs are though. my friend said it could Chiggers. I take him tomorrow to his peditrician, because I called them earlier.

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Just on the legs I would think a reaction to the grass is likely (my son used to get that), but on the chest and ear would make me think more as bites. I don't know though.

September - posted on 04/04/2012

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Well then it sounds like he may be having a reaction to the grass. You could call his doctor's office and talk to his nurse or his doctor to see if it's something he should be seen for. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/04/2012

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September, we do have a dog, but it was at the vet, and the vet said it was clean, no fleas, or ticks. And if it did..the dog practically stay's in my step son's room, and he don't have bites or anything. My friend said it could Chiggers from the grass. cuz, he only breaks out when in grass we are noticing

September - posted on 04/04/2012

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It could be that his skin was irritated from playing in the grass. Do you have pets that could have fleas? In that case it could be bug bites. If you're really worried that him to see his doctor.

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