How to prevent/treat mosquito bites on 3yr old who seems to be allergic?

Johnae - posted on 09/24/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )




I've used traditonal sprays and the bugs are tearing my baby's face, neck and head up! They swell and blister. She has learned to limit scratching but they still get really bad! Please help....the after math of hurricane Irene and flooding has her getting bit multiple times per day!


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Nikki - posted on 09/24/2011




I make my own repellent spray.
In a spray bottle, 20 drops of tea tree oil, 20 drops of lavender oil, 1 cup of mouth wash, 1/2 cup of baby oil, 1/2 cup of dettol (not sure if you have this where you live, it's an antiseptic liquid disinfectant, for cuts and scrapes) and 1/2 cup of water. You could make it without the dettol.

They hate mouth wash, my father in law uses pure mouth wash because he is allergic too but it is dangerous if it is consumed so make sure they can't consume it.

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Cut a lemon in half, and rub it on her squeezing the juice out while you do. It works great. Lavender also repels bugs.

Johnae - posted on 09/24/2011




Thanks so much! I will try vinegar ASAP! We've tried baking soda and water paste already. It used to work but not anymore! Also I will try vanilla. Should it be the extract kind like used for baking? I'll have to pick some up and try it.

Tara - posted on 09/24/2011




They don't like the scent of vanilla, so that may be something you could do - soak a cotton ball or piece of cloth with vanilla, let it dry and then stick it somewhere in her clothes so they avoid her.

For the swelling/blistering you might try a paste made of baking soda and water - that sometimes helps. Also just swabbing white vinegar on it helps (both these things help with most types of bug bites).

I had to learn stuff that worked that wasn't the commercial sprays because I am allergic to a lot of chemical stuff and I am also allergic to mosquitos so these are things that worked for me personally and for my girls (they are 3 and *almost* 2).

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