What to put on bug bites?

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Bummer! How old?

My first thought is toothpaste if you have nothing else around. It takes the sting away.

If it’s truly an allergic response (hard to tell in the picture, could just be a regular response), there is rub-on benadryl that could help. There are other rub-on anti-itch things. I don’t know about appropriate use on babies, though.

Post # 4
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  do you have a stick of antiperspirant?  The aluminum in there apparenlty helps.  It’s the same active ingredient as the bug bite sticks!!

Post # 5
2565 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Benadryl makes a gel that I really like for bug bites.  It is not sold in Canada so we always buy  a few bottles when we are in the states.  Not sure if it is baby safe.  If you don’t have anything on hand putting an ice cube on the bite can help take the itch away, it doesn’t last very long though but it could help your baby feel better while you find something else to use.

Post # 6
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@MrsEME:  Wow! I didn’t know that. I’m filing that away 😉

Post # 7
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Bactine You can find it in the first aid aisl at the groc store.

If your looking for something in your pantry Rubbing alchole Just dap it on with a Q tip it will dry the bite out.

You can also give the baby a bath with Vinagar, Just add 2 cups of vinagar  to a regular size bath tub.

Vinager bath also works great on diaper rash and baby yeast infections








Post # 9
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Benadryl makes a cream for kids, but I believe it’s for 2+?

Post # 10
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Reddit taught me a really important lifehack:

Heat up a spoon under running water. You want it warm but not scalding hot (Although scalding hot works best… just not for babies.) Press the dome of the warm spoon to the bug bite and hold until the spoon cools. Repeat once more.

It kills the enzyme responsible for itching.

I’m deathly allergic to fleas and will scratch myself raw (I’m allergic to their blood thinning saliva) and this *saved me* last week when I had a flea bite on the inside of my arm. I was scratching it til it bled.

Post # 11
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

1- Her legs are SO CUTE and chunky! Poor baby!

2- We like the Benedryl spray itch relief one!

Post # 12
1103 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Hyperventilate +1000

I saw that tip too, and I have been doing that all summer.  I am allergic as well, and the hot spoon trick definitely makes them not itch, so I leave them alone.  Right now I even have a mosquito bite on my face!!!

Sometimes I just get so many bites in a day though that I take benadryl at night for them.  So, I know they make that for kids, I’d ask your doc if you can give it. 

I’ve also found a bath helps, I’m not sure if it’s because of the same heat enzyme thing as the spoons, but it definitely stops the itch to be in a hot/warm bath. 

Post # 13
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Ninteenthchance:  Lavender oil is great for bug bites, burns, and all sorts of skin issues…no lie!

Post # 15
575 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

The same thing happens to me with mosquito bites and I carry around a Benadryl pen – it works wonders!

Post # 16
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m surprised that no one’s suggested calamine lotion.

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