7 home remedies to treat junior's mosquito bites

Soothe kiddo’s mozzie itchies with these natural remedies you can easily find in your home!

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Mosquito bites sure aren’t fun. Besides exposing you to mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, Zika and malaria, they also itch, cause unsightly bumps and can appear in irritating places such as the soles of your feet!

Babies and tots stand a high chance of getting bitten because they are too young to defend themselves from these pesky bloodsuckers.

To lessen the chances of bubba getting bitten, ensure that:

-          There is no stagnant water lying around your home for mosquitos to breed in.

-          Avoid grassy areas after dusk as mosquitos are more active at night.

-          Wear long-sleeved clothing when going out at night.

-          Use mosquito repellent when visiting mosquito hotspots.

Since aloe vera is a natural moisturiser, it won’t just bring relief to your munchkin, it will also leave his skin feeling soft and smooth!

Other than these methods, there really isn’t a guaranteed way to prevent mozzies from entering your house and attacking your kewpie. So, what can you do if he does get bitten? Dr Eileen Tan, a dermatologist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, states that babies under the age of 1 have very sensitive skin, so it is best to avoid essential oils and alcohol-based products. Try these 9 natural mosquito bite remedies that you can easily find at home or pick up from the nearby supermarket!

1.           Aloe vera

How it works: Aloe vera is a popular cure for many things – sunburn, eczema, dry skin and acne. It also works very well for soothing itches caused by bugs! Dr Tan explains “Several studies have demonstrated that aloe vera has pharmacological activities such as anti- inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.” Since aloe vera is a natural moisturiser, it won’t just bring relief to your munchkin, it will also leave his skin feeling soft and smooth!

How to use: Both fresh aloe vera or aloe vera gel works. Place fresh aloe vera in the fridge and cut a piece out whenever needed. Rub the fleshy bit over the bite. For the gel, place it in the fridge and apply directly to the bite whenever needed to relieve itching.

2.           Tea tree oil

How it works: Well known for its strong antiseptic properties, tea tree oil has been used to treat insect bites for a long time. This oil not only disinfects the bite and brings down the swelling, it also prevents infection. Tea tree oil also acts as a repellent to deter more insects from biting your tot, too.

How to use: Apply a small amount of the oil directly to the affected area for immediate relief. If your tot has an open wound or sensitive skin, dilute the oil with a bit of water before applying on to the skin.