Got mosquito bites near the baby’s eye? Don’t fret. We got just the right remedies for you.
The skin on our eyes are the thinnest and the most fragile. Couple that with a new-born’s sensitive skin, and there’s a problem that you just can’t fix with a calamine lotion.
This is why you should try these 5 natural bite solutions. Treat your baby’s bites with mild, non-toxic and non-abrasive remedies that will keep his skin happy, healthy and bite-free.
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Honey is a popular remedy for insect bites.
Aloe vera is a staple when it comes to home remedies that focus on skin problems. That’s because it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are good for bug bites, irritation and even acne.
This prickly plant is also soothing and cooling. It’s gentle enough to be rubbed on eyelids and other sensitive areas of the body without causing any problems.
To use it, just snap a leaf off, and rub it directly unto the mosquito bite. If you want your baby to enjoy this treatment more, you may place the leaf in the fridge for 1 to 15 minutes before applying it.
If you don’t have aloe vera in your yard, maybe you have some tea bags lying around.
Tea, specifically green tea, also has several properties that can get rid of your baby’s irritation.
It has tannin, a natural substance that has been scientifically proven to constrict or shrink down inflammation in the body. Tannin is also a kind of antibacterial compound that, when applied over the skin, can stop harmful microorganisms from entering it.
Tea is also known to suck out water. With this, it can help relieve the itchiness by removing fluid from the bite. Just press a lightly drenched and cooled teabag on the swollen skin, and keep it on until the bag dries out. Do this several times to get the best results.
Using ice cubes is one of the simplest solutions to getting rid of inflamed mosquito bites. And since it has always been used for minor accidents and injuries, it has a reputation of being effective against swelling.
What ice does is that it reduces the blood flow and nerve activity on the affected area. This calms the swelling down and numbs the itchiness.
To use it on an infant, wrap the ice cube in clean cloth, and dab it on the skin lightly for 15 minutes or less. Don’t press it too hard. Too much cold can be painful for a new-born.
If for some reason you don’t have ice, you can use a spoon instead. A spoon placed inside the freezer for 1 to 30 minutes has the same effects as any ice cube, except it doesn’t last as long. So you have to prepare about 2 to 3 spoons ahead of time to heal bites.
Honey is one of the healthiest foods out there. According to Pure Healing Foods, raw unfiltered honey has 80 different substances that are beneficial to us humans. Among those substances are vitamins A, C, D, E and K and minerals like potassium, iodine, manganese, copper and chlorine.
Honey is also naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It can help with even chronic inflammations. That’s why it’s been used to treat diseases since ancient times.
What Not To Do
Home remedies come in many different forms, and not all of them are good for babies. Here are a few of them that are only work for your child; they also don’t work for the sensitive skin on the eyes.
- Applying calamine lotion. Calamine lotion can be very intense when it’s applied unto sensitive skin. So you should just stick to using it on the arms and legs.
- Rubbing salt. Rubbing salt on a mosquito bite stops it from being itchy immediately, but you cannot risk the salt’s fine particles entering your infant’s eyes.
- Using baking soda. Baking soda is a bit abrasive, so it’s a remedy that should only be used by adults with less sensitive skin.
All in all, dealing with mosquito bites near the baby’s eye is simple. You just have to remember keep the treatment mild and of course, effective.