When to seek medical help
Generally, mosquito bite rashes in kids are harmless, even if the bump and redness persist for a couple of days (4 days). But, if you notice the following signs, bring your child to the doctor:
- The red area or streak is spreading
- Your child complains of being sick or looks very sick
- The bump gets larger 48 hours after the bite
- Your child develops fever and chills along with other symptoms such as headaches, joint and muscle pain, and vomiting. These symptoms may indicate diseases such as dengue fever.
Finally, if your child develops difficulty breathing or swallowing, bring them to the hospital right away. These symptoms may indicate a severe allergic reaction.
How to prevent mosquito bites
The good news is you can prevent kids from experiencing mosquito bite rashes by practicing the following measures:
- Apply insect repellent on your child’s skin, especially the exposed parts.
- Regularly clean up and remove stagnant water indoors and outdoors, as mosquitoes often use it as a breeding ground.
- Mosquito-proof your home by repairing or installing screens.
- Keep your children covered, especially when going out to a place where there could be mosquitoes. Have them wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, and socks.
- Avoid thin, fitted clothes as mosquitoes can bite through them. If ever, you can apply some repellent spray on their clothes.
Mosquito bite rashes are common in kids, given their playful and adventurous nature. Generally, you can treat the small, itchy bumps at home with over-the-counter creams. To prevent mosquito bites, be sure to clean up, cover-up, and use mosquito repellents.
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