Gnats are relatives of flies and mosquitoes. In fact, they are tiny flies and sometimes called midges or blackflies. Gnats thrive anywhere in the world and are generally found near rivers or streams because they lay their eggs in wet places. Gnats need the blood of warm-blooded animals to stay alive. They do not bite through clothes by they can crawl into your baby’s hair or under his clothes.
A person who gets bitten by a gnat might not be aware of it at first. But soon enough they will notice that the area around the bite will start to swell up. But a baby with sensitive skin my feel the bite at once and start to cry. A person who gets bitten by a gnat might also find a tiny amount of blood oozing from the bite. The bite itself will be very itchy and, in a baby, may even be painful and very uncomfortable.
If you were bitten by a gnat, what you should do is wash the bite with soap and water. You should also consider applying a bit of antiseptic on the bite because gnats live in murky places and can land on dead animals and rotten food which are full of germs and bacteria.
After washing, you can apply an anti-itch cream to the bite or ask your doctor about an anti-itch medication that can be taken orally to help relive the itching. If the bite becomes very uncomfortable or painful, you can ask doctor about pain medication that can taken orally. You can also put an ice pack or a cold compress on the bite to help ease the pain.
When To Call Your Doctor
You should call your doctor if the area around the bite swells bigger than what is normal. Your doctor can recommend a prescription cream or oral medication.
You should also call your doctor if your baby develops an infection. Infection is comes from scratching the bite. Your doctor could prescribe an antibiotic to clear up the infection.
Very few people are allergic to a gnat bite, but if your baby has an allergic reaction to the bite, take your baby to your doctor right away. Some of the most common symptoms of an allergic reaction include fever, difficulty breathing, getting the hives (characterized by red patches on the skin that are itchy and painful). If you notice any of these symptoms in your child go to your doctor right away. He/she can administer medicines that could ease the allergy symptoms and treat the allergic reactions.
How To Keep Your Baby From Getting Bitten
Make sure your baby wears protective clothing which includes long-sleeved tops and long pants. And apply a baby-safe insect repellent so your baby’s skin every time you step out of the house, especially when visiting places near bodies of water. A baby-safe repellent should not contain DEET, toxins, parabens, phthalates and sulfates and should contain only natural ingredients.
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Deborah Williams is a child care expert consultant on a non-government organization promoting non toxic cleaning and eco friendly cleaning.
BabyGanics is the manufacturer of natural baby products made with all-natural ingredients for effective and skin care products.
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