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#1 lozoodle

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:14 PM

It was really hot last night so the house was opened up until late and no one slept with covers on. My poor 4 year old got eaten alive by mozzies and is so uncomfortable now. She reacts quite badly to them and the more she scratches the worst she gets.

Any suggestions to help her? Pics below

Edited by lozoodle, 25 December 2012 - 10:15 PM.

#2 blackcat20

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:20 PM

Not scratching at all is the best. Otherwise stingose is usually the best.  Or tea tree oil.

#3 Frau Farbissina

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:20 PM

Your poor dd! I find dermaid cream helps stop the itch. We also use calamine lotion

#4 Leee

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:22 PM

We use vinegar

#5 fizzy19

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:22 PM

Poor thing. Do you have any calamine lotion or paw paw cream in the house. My dd is allergic and we used to put paraderm plus on them -a cream from the chemist- but I'm not sure they make it now. You could also give her some anti-histamine.  Good luck

#6 Corella Deville

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:23 PM

Not sure if you have a pharmacy open near you but those bite and burn creams (often have lignocaine as the active ingredient) work a treat to rake the itch away,  maybe check with pharmacist about how much you can use at once/ok for a 4 year old.

We get eaten alive at  times in Darwin, always have some in the medicine cabinet, you'll need a pharmacy though. It numbs the itch and stops the scratching for a handful of hours at a time

#7 lozoodle

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:24 PM

I have an anti histamine cream from when she had hives but I'd say its past expiry, I'll check. Would claratyne help till morning? I don't have much else.

I feel so sorry for her sad.gif

#8 Escapin

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:25 PM

I'd go an antihistamine tablet/medicine if you can, plus something topical. Poor poppet.

#9 SeaPrincess

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:32 PM

Itch-eze is the only thing we use, but I've only ever found it in one pharmacy in Darwin.  We buy it online now.

#10 **Tiger*Feral**

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:36 PM

Breastmilk is the best anti-histamine around. Yes I am serious. Can you squeeze out any colostrum OP, even just a tiny bit would probably help.

#11 lozoodle

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:39 PM

I found the hydro cortisone cram I had for hives for her and it lists insect bites as one of the uses and its still in date. Will give that a go next time she wakes tthumbs.gif

#12 Kat5

Posted 25 December 2012 - 10:46 PM

Your poor little one sad.gif. Try a mosquito clicker, it uses little electric-type currents to neutralise the sting. You can get them at the chemist for about $10-15

#13 antsy

Posted 26 December 2012 - 05:57 AM

We use vinegar - I have no idea how it works but it takes the itching away. Dettol also seems to help.

#14 Tree Sage

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:21 AM

lavender essential oil.
takes the itch away immediately and also stops infections.
Better than any store brought, man made treatment out there

#15 Zahhy

Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:26 AM

Raena reacts like that as well, they go from tiny little bites to weepy sores and swollen areas really quickly.

We give her Aerius (children's anti-histamine), and the doctor gave us a prescription for a topical steroid cream that we put on the really badly swollen ones.

Poor girl got covered in bites on Christmas Eve too, she was miserable that night (woke up and couldn't get back to sleep for three hours) and all day Christmas Day. She seems better now, although still a bit uncomfortable, and she'll have the bite marks for weeks.

lavender essential oil.
takes the itch away immediately and also stops infections.
Better than any store brought, man made treatment out there

Will have to give that a try, anything to help her feel better.

Edited by Tonberry, 26 December 2012 - 07:29 AM.

#16 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 26 December 2012 - 09:48 AM

They look like what happens to me. sad.gif Poor bub.

The best treatment is to ice them as soon as you can - it stops the anti-coagulant spreading, so the bites don't become so large, and it also reduces the itch. Any cream which provides anaesthetic relief (like stingoes, or others) also help.

Anti-histamines are also useful, as they do cut down the itch factor.

Bruise creams such as Hirudoid also break up the bite, and make it go away much faster - but I've only done that after the major swelling has subsided. And of course, I'm an adult, so I wouldn't necessarily use that on a child.

#17 frizzle

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:07 AM

I like a combo of soov cream and antihistamine when mine or ds gets big ones like those.

#18 Copper and May

Posted 26 December 2012 - 10:48 AM

A Pinetarsal bath would help immensely, but you would need to buy that and I think only pharmacies have it - but it relieves the itch.

#19 lozoodle

Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:08 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions, especially re icing them as she has some small  ones that have not yet swollen up.

She seems less bothered today but they are huge and red and will likely stay that way for a week or two knowing her. She is in good spirits today at least original.gif

#20 Tree Sage

Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:48 PM

QUOTE (Tonberry @ 26/12/2012, 08:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Will have to give that a try, anything to help her feel better.

Just make sure you get 100% essential oil, not the one with added water.
You can buy it from chemist or in a supermarket.

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