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June 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM

ok so my ds1 gets bit so much & just like his  dad they get big, itchy bites.. he keeps  scrracthing his  legs & arms & face & im wondering   what do you put on bites to help them not be so itchy? i dont want him scratching all day at school it just make them worse =(

 i haev a few things i can think of but not sure which is best. he is almost 5 so id like it to be safe  he still sucks his thumb someitmes so i dont want him getting anything in his mouth

 thanks

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  • lalalamama
    June 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM
    Benadryl makes an anti-itch lotion (dab on stick) that works well. Avon's skin-so-soft oil is a safe repellent for young kids, doesn't work as well as products that contain deet but it does help. I wouldn't put it on him for school though because it's "perfumy" but he likely gets bitten playing at home.
  • Imjustinsmommy
    June 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    hmm we dont have that in the house..  =/ we have regualr benadryl but  that would make him sleepy. i have cortizone and some other creams to put on.. but i wasnt sure which was best.  he leaves for his bus in  an hr or so i was hoping to put something on it before he goes. im nto looking for a repellent.. he already IS bit from the weekend we had i was looking to relive some itching 

    Quoting lalalamama:

    Benadryl makes an anti-itch lotion (dab on stick) that works well. Avon's skin-so-soft oil is a safe repellent for young kids, doesn't work as well as products that contain deet but it does help. I wouldn't put it on him for school though because it's "perfumy" but he likely gets bitten playing at home.


  • lalalamama
    June 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM
    If the cortisone cream is over the counter strenght go ahead with that 'cause it'll work best. Look into benadryl bite lotion for next time, using cortisone cream isn't best thing over the long term or over large skin areas. Hope he has a fun day at school in spite of being itchy!


    Quoting Imjustinsmommy:

    hmm we dont have that in the house..  =/ we have regualr benadryl but  that would make him sleepy. i have cortizone and some other creams to put on.. but i wasnt sure which was best.  he leaves for his bus in  an hr or so i was hoping to put something on it before he goes. im nto looking for a repellent.. he already IS bit from the weekend we had i was looking to relive some itching 

    Quoting lalalamama:

    Benadryl makes an anti-itch lotion (dab on stick) that works well. Avon's skin-so-soft oil is a safe repellent for young kids, doesn't work as well as products that contain deet but it does help. I wouldn't put it on him for school though because it's "perfumy" but he likely gets bitten playing at home.



  • Imjustinsmommy
    June 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    thanks ill have to look into the  benadryl bite cream bc it will happen ALL summer i knwo that lol.

    Quoting lalalamama:

    If the cortisone cream is over the counter strenght go ahead with that 'cause it'll work best. Look into benadryl bite lotion for next time, using cortisone cream isn't best thing over the long term or over large skin areas. Hope he has a fun day at school in spite of being itchy!


    Quoting Imjustinsmommy:

    hmm we dont have that in the house..  =/ we have regualr benadryl but  that would make him sleepy. i have cortizone and some other creams to put on.. but i wasnt sure which was best.  he leaves for his bus in  an hr or so i was hoping to put something on it before he goes. im nto looking for a repellent.. he already IS bit from the weekend we had i was looking to relive some itching 

    Quoting lalalamama:

    Benadryl makes an anti-itch lotion (dab on stick) that works well. Avon's skin-so-soft oil is a safe repellent for young kids, doesn't work as well as products that contain deet but it does help. I wouldn't put it on him for school though because it's "perfumy" but he likely gets bitten playing at home.




  • Crashly
    by Crashly
    June 18, 2013 at 12:24 PM
    I use Benadryl sticks. They are in a tube and you just dab them on the bite. Both dd and I get huge welts from the damn things.
  • Imjustinsmommy
    June 18, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    thanks, yes the pp said  the same i need to look into those bc my ds1 & dh gets they SOO bad omg. i get small ones that go away fast & not many..  ds1 has like 20 & they are huge welts dh too =/

    Quoting Crashly:

    I use Benadryl sticks. They are in a tube and you just dab them on the bite. Both dd and I get huge welts from the damn things.


  • frndlyfn
    June 18, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    have them eat lots of garlic or pickles.  The smell that permeates through skin repells mosquitoes.

  • frndlyfn
    June 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Before you grab that DEET-based mosquito repellent, consider using a natural option instead. DEET, also known as diethyl-meta-toluamide, by any other name still stinks. And research proves that the main ingredient in commercial mosquito repellents leaves more than a bad odor.  According to a Duke University study, it damages brain cells, can cause behavioural changes, and can have harmful interactions with some medications.  The scientists also observed that it caused brain cell death in animals frequently exposed to or after prolonged use of DEET.

    Additional research found that up to 15 percent of DEET is absorbed through the skin directly into the bloodstream.  According to safety data sheets on diethyl-meta-toluaminde, the toxic effects of this chemical include: reproductive disturbances, genetic material mutations, and central nervous system disorders.

    There’s no need to suffer long-term and serious health consequences to ward off pesky mosquitoes.  Choose a natural alternative that’s proven to work as effectively as DEET or in some case, MORE effectively than DEET.

    Here are some natural options:

    1. Catnip—You can drive cats wild and make mosquitoes run in terror, according to research at Iowa State University which found that the essential oil found in the herb catnip is about 10 times more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes.

    2. Citronella—the old standby. Use only pure essential oil of citronella—not fragrance oil.  Oils purchased in bulk for burning are not adequate for applying topically to your skin.  For your skin it is best to get a high quality citronella essential oil from a natural food store.  While it’s not as effective as catnip, it’s still a good option.

    3. Garlic—eat lots of fresh garlic—mosquitoes can’t stand the stuff.

    (See: 12 Surprising Uses for Garlic)

    4. Lavender essential oil smells great and is a commonly used and effective mosquito repellent.  It’s best diluted in a carrier oil like apricot kernel, sweet almond, or coconut oil.  If you can find organic soy oil, it is also a good option since it also keeps mosquitoes at bay.

    5. Neem oil or neem seed oil:  According to a study by the US National Research Council neem oil is more effective than DEET.  The results were confirmed by scientists at the Malaria Institute in India and in research cited in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. Neem is a plant that grows in India.

    6. Organic soy oil—Research cited in The New England Journal of Medicine found that repellents made of soybean oil are just as effective as DEET-containing repellents. Soy oil is inexpensive and easy to find, making it an excellent choice. Plus, it is an excellent body moisturizer. As an aside, research shows that an ingredient in soy can slow the growth of body hair when applied topically.  Choose organic soy oil if possible since many soy crops are now genetically-modified.

    7. Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)—New research published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine shows that lotus is an effective mosquito repellent and also helps kill mosquito larvae.  Since lotus grows in water it is a good option as a natural repellent in backyard ponds and water features rather than something that is applied topically.

    8. Black pepper (Piper nigrum)—New research from the same study shows that an extract (the study used an alcohol extract but black pepper essential oil would probably work too) of black pepper is effective in repelling mosquitoes.

    I mix about 30 drops of the essential oils of catnip, citronella, lavender, neem, and black pepper (total, so about 6 drops of each essential oil) into about 30 mL of an unscented and natural oil or moisturizer, which I keep handy in a jar. I rub a bit onto my skin prior to heading outdoors. You can also mix 30 drops of these essential oils into organic soy oil for extra protection. Always do a 24-hour skin test to be sure you don’t have sensitivities to any of the oils.



    Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-natural-mosquito-repellents.html#ixzz2WaUHLE8X

  • Imjustinsmommy
    June 18, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    thats so funny!!! my dh & ds1 LOVE  pickles and ate  quite a few his wknd.. didnt work i guess LOL but  i never knew that.

    Quoting frndlyfn:

    have them eat lots of garlic or pickles.  The smell that permeates through skin repells mosquitoes.


  • Imjustinsmommy
    June 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    this is awesome! thank you!!!

    Quoting frndlyfn:

    Before you grab that DEET-based mosquito repellent, consider using a natural option instead. DEET, also known as diethyl-meta-toluamide, by any other name still stinks. And research proves that the main ingredient in commercial mosquito repellents leaves more than a bad odor.  According to a Duke University study, it damages brain cells, can cause behavioural changes, and can have harmful interactions with some medications.  The scientists also observed that it caused brain cell death in animals frequently exposed to or after prolonged use of DEET.

    Additional research found that up to 15 percent of DEET is absorbed through the skin directly into the bloodstream.  According to safety data sheets on diethyl-meta-toluaminde, the toxic effects of this chemical include: reproductive disturbances, genetic material mutations, and central nervous system disorders.

    There’s no need to suffer long-term and serious health consequences to ward off pesky mosquitoes.  Choose a natural alternative that’s proven to work as effectively as DEET or in some case, MORE effectively than DEET.

    Here are some natural options:

    1. Catnip—You can drive cats wild and make mosquitoes run in terror, according to research at Iowa State University which found that the essential oil found in the herb catnip is about 10 times more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes.

    2. Citronella—the old standby. Use only pure essential oil of citronella—not fragrance oil.  Oils purchased in bulk for burning are not adequate for applying topically to your skin.  For your skin it is best to get a high quality citronella essential oil from a natural food store.  While it’s not as effective as catnip, it’s still a good option.

    3. Garlic—eat lots of fresh garlic—mosquitoes can’t stand the stuff.

    (See: 12 Surprising Uses for Garlic)

    4. Lavender essential oil smells great and is a commonly used and effective mosquito repellent.  It’s best diluted in a carrier oil like apricot kernel, sweet almond, or coconut oil.  If you can find organic soy oil, it is also a good option since it also keeps mosquitoes at bay.

    5. Neem oil or neem seed oil:  According to a study by the US National Research Council neem oil is more effective than DEET.  The results were confirmed by scientists at the Malaria Institute in India and in research cited in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. Neem is a plant that grows in India.

    6. Organic soy oil—Research cited in The New England Journal of Medicine found that repellents made of soybean oil are just as effective as DEET-containing repellents. Soy oil is inexpensive and easy to find, making it an excellent choice. Plus, it is an excellent body moisturizer. As an aside, research shows that an ingredient in soy can slow the growth of body hair when applied topically.  Choose organic soy oil if possible since many soy crops are now genetically-modified.

    7. Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera)—New research published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine shows that lotus is an effective mosquito repellent and also helps kill mosquito larvae.  Since lotus grows in water it is a good option as a natural repellent in backyard ponds and water features rather than something that is applied topically.

    8. Black pepper (Piper nigrum)—New research from the same study shows that an extract (the study used an alcohol extract but black pepper essential oil would probably work too) of black pepper is effective in repelling mosquitoes.

    I mix about 30 drops of the essential oils of catnip, citronella, lavender, neem, and black pepper (total, so about 6 drops of each essential oil) into about 30 mL of an unscented and natural oil or moisturizer, which I keep handy in a jar. I rub a bit onto my skin prior to heading outdoors. You can also mix 30 drops of these essential oils into organic soy oil for extra protection. Always do a 24-hour skin test to be sure you don’t have sensitivities to any of the oils.



    Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-natural-mosquito-repellents.html#ixzz2WaUHLE8X


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