An insect bite is usually a red itchy bump. There may be a blister in the middle. Sometimes insect bites are painful (especially spider bites) as well as itchy.
Bites come from insects such as mosquitos, fleas or spiders.
What should I do if my child gets an insect bite?
- check and clean the bite every day
- wash the bite with cool water
- keep your child's nails short and clean
- do things to stop the itching like soaking in a cool bath, or putting calamine lotion or aloe vera on the bites
- treat pets for fleas
- put mosquito nets around beds, put insect screens on windows and close windows at night
- wear close-fitting cotton sleeves or pyjamas
- use children's insect repellent
- go to the doctor if the insect bite is near the eye
What should I do if the insect bite gets worse?
Go to the doctor if any of these things happen:
- the bites last more than 2 weeks
- the red, swollen area keeps getting bigger or more painful
- there is pus in the bite
This could be a serious skin infection such as cellulitis.
Will my child need time off from kura or school?
If your child feels well they can go to kura or school.