Few things are more annoying than the itching and scratching that accompanies a fat, juicy mosquito bite. When a mosquito bites us, we itch due to the residual saliva left behind from the insect’s feasting on our blood! God’s creation is really surprising. Mosquitos enjoy babies blood than an adult but adults are also not spared. Fortunately, just as Mother Nature has honoured us with the presence of these buzzing nuisances, she has provided us with some natural home remedies for mosquito bites.
When you first notice the itchy bite, try applying a small amount of vinegar directly to the bump. If you have many bites, you may want to take a very hot bath in a tub filled with water and 2 1/2 cups of vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is advisable to be used for this purpose.
Aloe vera is another excellent remedy for mosquito bites, as well as many other conditions. Not only will it help ease the itching and swelling from the bit, but it will also aid in healing the wound. You can use fresh inner leaf gel directly from an aloe plant or organic aloe juice. They both work well at providing relief.
A Dry Bar of Soap
Another remedy for mosquito bits is to rub a bar of dry soap directly on the bite. This will help provide temporary relief to the itching. Remember to wash it off throughly after the itch fades away. Avoid using this bar soap on children.
Baking Soda & Water
Another simple remedy for mosquito bites is to make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Then apply this paste generously to the affected area. You should feel the swelling and itching subside shortly afterwards.
Other than making you produce tears, a fresh slice of onion can also help take the sting out of a bite. Simply place a fresh slice on the affected area for several minutes until the itching subsides. Be sure to wash the area thoroughly afterwards.
For quick relief from mosquito bites, try applying a small amount of all-natural peppermint or neem-based toothpaste. Allow the paste to dry and leave for as long as desired.
Simply, take a small amount of honey and apply directly to the bite. Honey also has anti-microbial properties that can help prevent infection. I would personally recommend using local raw honey.
Lime and/or Lemons
I usually apply a small amount of lime juice directly to the bites. Lemon juice also works well. I have also heard that rubbing the bite with the lemon or lime peel helps, but I usually prefer to use the juice. This also helps in keeping the wound from becoming infected from the grit and grime of fingernails.
Take finely ground salt and mix with a small amount of water until you have a thick paste. Apply this salt paste directly to bite. The important thing is to make sure it’s finely ground.
Try rubbing a piece of raw garlic on the wound. It is possible that you will feel a small amount of mild burning, but you should feel some major relief afterwards. This is not one that you should use with your children, and is wise for to use caution when using this natural remedy. The smell of garlic (and neem) will also help repel the mosquitoes from biting you more later.
Preventing Mosquito Bites:
Despite constant care, all children are susceptible to mosquito bites. As the saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure’, you can always take the following precautions to ensure that they are safe from these monstrous mosquitoes:
- Avoid taking your baby to mosquito-infested areas or to the places where they congregate, like garbage cans, uncovered sweets and damp gardens.
- Do not leave the house until after the sun rises, and stay indoors when it turns dark to avoid a mosquito attack.
- Try and restrict mosquitoes to the outer limits of the main living area of your home by utilizing screens on windows and doors to act as barriers.
- If there is any standing water accumulating in your yard, get rid of it as it is the breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- You could always apply mosquito-repellents on infants and young children albeit sparingly to avoid other complications. While doing this make sure only their hands and face are exposed.
- Your child should be dressed in long pants and shirts in areas where you doubt large gatherings of mosquitoes. Avoid making him wear bright colors as they attract mosquitoes.
Mosquito bites can cause bumps and may even lead to serious illness, if not taken care of immediately. It may leave your little one painful and you would never want to see your baby cry in pain. So make sure that you follow all preventive measure and stay safe.