Severe Reactions to Mosquito Bites: What Parents Need to Know
SAINT ANTONIO – Mosquito bites are itchy and annoying for most, but they can also be severe for some people. With summer in full swing, parents like Morgan Stewart are taking precautions to protect their children from the discomfort and potential complications of mosquito bites.
Stewart, a mother of a 10-month-old, has noticed that her child has a more noticeable reaction to mosquito bites. “I didn’t realize that they were mosquito bites,” she said of the welts. As a result, she limits her son’s outdoor time but is relieved that she can treat his reactions with over-the-counter medication and a cold press.
Dr. Robert Trimble, a medical professional with Baptist Medical Network, explains that bug bites, including mosquito bites, are a natural part of building a strong immunity in children. However, he cautions that some children may have a severe allergic reaction and need to be closely monitored.
“Some kids, the rare kid, actually has an allergy to a mosquito bite or other bug bites that can cause swelling of the entire limb, can cause some pain, and can even cause hives,” Trimble warns. He advises parents to remain vigilant and seek medical attention if the response to a bug bite becomes exaggerated after two to three days. Moreover, Trimble points out that other summer bites from fleas, ticks, ants, and bee stings can also pose risks.
In particular, Trimble highlights the danger fire ants pose to young children. “If you have a child under the age of 1, if they get stung 20 times by fire ants, they need to come into the office. They’re at a higher risk of having a more severe allergic reaction from getting stung,” he emphasizes.
Parents should closely observe how their child’s body responds to summer bites and take appropriate action when necessary. With the summer season in full swing, it is essential to prioritize the safety and well-being of our children in the great outdoors.
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