We’ve all heard of bed bugs and how distressing infestations are.
However, the worst part is the Bed bug bites, which are highly irritating for adults.
Bed bug bites can cause infections and allergic reactions, and more significant problems may occur when they bite babies.
So how can you spot the signs, and what treatment options exist? Here’s a quick guide to help alleviate the effects of bed bug bites on babies.
What Are The Signs Of Bed Bug Bites on Babies?
The most obvious sign is red, itchy bumps. Bed bugs bite several times, usually forming a line or cluster. These critters bite many times when searching for a suitable blood vessel to feed on. Sometimes they may only have one bite.
Most of the time, you’ll find bite marks on exposed areas of the skin. So, check your baby’s arms, legs, and face, as these are prime targets for bed bugs.
What Are The Signs Of Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs may be small and hard to see, and they hide during the day, so finding them is difficult. However, several indications give away their presence.
For example, blood stains on your bed sheets after a bed bug has fallen away from your skin and squashed at night. You find dark brown specks, which are bed bug waste.
Occasionally you may spot a bug, dead or alive. They usually grow to the size of an apple seed, with a reddish-brown colour and oval-shaped body.
Check your mattress, box springs, and bed sheets, paying close attention to the seams and pleats. Your furniture, curtains, and floorboards are hiding places, so you should shine a torch into the cracks and crevices to check for signs.
What Treatments Are Available For Bed Bugs Bites On Babies?
Bed bug bites are so itchy, as bed bugs inject an anticoagulant when they bite.
After bed bugs have bitten your toddler, they may excessively itch their skin. This may result in infections or scarring if they scratch hard enough.
If this is the case, treat the affected area with anti-itch cream after washing with soap and water.
Of course, bite marks on your baby clearly indicate an infestation, so you’ll want to eradicate their presence quickly. For the best results, always contact a bed bug expert.
Attempting to solve the problem yourself can prolong the issue or make it worse, as bed bugs multiply very quickly. Professional bed bug treatments, such as heat or chemical treatments, are far superior to DIY approaches.