Were you and your family outside enjoying the wonders of nature, and your fun got interrupted by mosquitoes? You are, by far, not alone. Mosquitoes are commonplace insects, and their bites even more so, especially during the summertime and in the early evening.
Mosquito bites are so common that we do not even think about them for the most part unless they prove to be extremely itchy. Mosquito bites are itchy and drive our little kids crazy.
In fact, our kids being driven crazy with itching means that us parents will also be driven crazy! We need a way to thwart mosquitoes, but how? So many products claim to help, but what if they do more harm than good?
Mosquito repellents are all over the market, but most include DEET or other harmful chemicals like Picaridin. Looking for a safe, chemical-free solution to your little one’s itches and scratches? We’ve got you covered.
Read on to find out more about how to harness natural goodness to keep your family safe from mosquitoes.
But first, let's discuss some information about mosquitoes and why their bites can itch long after the initial bite.
Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch in the First Place?
In short, when mosquitoes bite, they not only take some of your blood but also leave behind their saliva. Gross! To make it even worse, this saliva contains proteins and other things that we humans are allergic to.
This causes the itchy reaction we all remember. Of course, while we all may itch, some kids are plagued with the more serious Skeeter Syndrome.
This allergic reaction also explains why some people are affected worse than others by mosquito bites and why everyone reacts a little differently. For the most part, mosquito bites only result in small itchy bumps, which is a reaction of our bodies to their saliva.
What you probably never knew is that a study done by Baylor College of Medicine in Texas learned the effects of mosquito bites. They realized that the bites caused problems that lasted for a long time.
Humans tend to forget about their bites as soon as they stop itching. But the in-depth study revealed that immune systems remain active for a long time after the initial bite, busy fighting all that is put into the body by the mosquito’s saliva.
Mosquitoes, because of their insect status, are introduced to many different kinds of diseases. When they bite us, the nastiness that they contain is spread to us through their saliva. Baylor College learned that our immune systems are active for days fighting everything the mosquitoes introduce our bodies to.
What Diseases Do Mosquitoes Carry?
Mosquitoes' saliva contains tons of germs (amongst other things). That means, if we get bitten, we must be careful that the mosquitoes don't share anything we do not want. These insects spread more than a few diseases this way.
However, the worst diseases spread by mosquito bites include:
- West Nile Virus
- Yellow fever
- Zika Virus
- Lyme disease
These diseases all sound very scary. Some parts of the world are more threatened by these conditions than others.
Most mosquito bites heal on their own, whether it takes a few days, weeks, or even months. However, in a few cases, if your children scratch hard enough, the bites scar over. Depending on their body, the scars can heal and disappear on their own as well.
On an even better note, as scientists continue to study mosquito bites, they learn more about mosquitoes than we ever could have imagined! As our understanding deepens, so does the medicine that follows.
It has changed so much that scientists believe that there may be a way to block the saliva by preventing bites entirely. This would mean that mosquitos would not be able to infect more people (HOORAY!). That is definitely something to look forward to in the future. If not our future, perhaps our kids will get to benefit from this groundbreaking research!
But the problem has not been solved yet.
We all agree that our kids are the sweetest (well, most of the time). If your little one is being targeted by the bullies of the sky—mosquitoes, there could be a real reason.
This might mean that your child had a blood type that is more attractive to mosquitoes. Plus, sweat, body odor, and scented perfumes/lotions can all draw mosquitoes in.
If you find your little one getting bit by mosquitoes a lot and cannot resist scratching, it’s time to look for a prevention and a cure.
A Magic Solution from a Scientific Lab
A fine-ish way to keep your kids from scratching, would be to cover up the bite. There is the possibility of a bandage with some form of anti-itch cream, but those never last long. Plus, bandages are not very breathable.
Drumroll, please... If you cover the bite with MagicPatch, then relief comes free of any chemicals, and they last up to seven days.
There is no need to go through a whole box of bandages for your child when you could use one MagicPatch instead. Also, not only do they last a lot longer, but they are not only for mosquitoes. These patches can also be used to relieve and promote wellness for bites from sandflies, midges, and ticks as well.
The MagicPatch is completely chemical-free. They consist of tape in a grid pattern that presents relief by lifting the skin to allow the saliva to leave the bite wound. The mosquito saliva, which causes the itch and bump, is discharged. Therefore: No. More. Itch.
All you have to do is stick the patch on the bite. Plus, this treatment is fun for our kiddo-s. Picking a silly or cute patch actually makes this treatment enjoyable.
What Does Your Reaction Mean?
In some cases, mosquito bites can blister due to a person’s allergic reaction to the proteins the mosquitoes left with their saliva. This happens when the mosquito bite swells and begins to fill with fluid (which MagicPatches help to drain out).
The good news is that most blisters will go away on their own. There are lots of other reactions you can have to a mosquito bite, like small bumps, red spots, and itchy patches.
Some common symptoms that can occur due to mosquito bites are:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Swelling in bit area, lymph nodes, or more
Everybody’s body is different. When you look at that long list of symptoms, it is daunting. Keep in mind that we all react differently; we all heal with different time spans and with differing amounts of help.
But if you or your child have an allergic reaction, are feeling unwell, or are having severe symptoms, see a doctor immediately. Although rare, sometimes mosquito bites warrant an emergency room visit.
While mosquito bites are common and largely ignored, some of these symptoms should not be put on the back burner of your mind. Be aware of your body and what is best for it. We all have different reactions to bug bites. Some people get big, red, itchy bites, while others just have small indentations, and some have bumps that last for months. Everyone is different and unique.
When playing with your kids outdoors, keep an eye on them to make sure they are using proper mosquito protection. If they are acting strange or ill, make sure to take note of their symptoms and follow up with your healthcare professionals.
What Are the Best Treatments for a Mosquito Bite?
First things first, do not scratch! Everyone and their mother and their Mother’s best friend’s brother’s roommate has a home remedy they swear by. We’ll talk more about the best treatments, but whatever you do, try to keep your child from scratching.
As simple as it seems, we are all guilty of scratching the pesky bites despite how every doctor and scholar tells us not to. Along with stopping your secret scratches, you can also use cold compresses and lotion. Hydrocortisone is a common anti-itch cream recommended to the masses.
Remember to keep your hands away from the itchy places and keep them clean. But keep in mind that the best way to not have to worry about dealing with mosquito bites is to not get bitten in the first place.
At The Natural Patch Co., we were tired of slathering our children in chemicals just to keep mosquitoes away. It’s certainly no secret that treatments like DEET can be dangerous.
That’s why we invented BuzzPatch. BuzzPatch is more effective in naturally keeping away mosquitoes without endangering your kids to the harmful chemicals.
There are many ways to relieve yourself from the itchiness that goes hand in hand with mosquito bites. As previously mentioned, there are creams and sprays; but these are sticky and rub right off of our active kids.
Chemical-Free, Fun-Filled Solution
Itching mosquito bites is no fun and can ruin any outdoor adventure. When looking for remedies, perhaps you’ve seen far too many made of nasty chemicals.
Good News! There are patches that you can just stick onto the bite to feel immediate relief. MagicPatches are a perfect solution, especially if you have little ones that rub off any lotion applied in an attempt to scratch the still itching bite away. A little preparation is the key to helping your kids have the perfect camping trip, hiking adventures, or even playing in the schoolyard.
And lastly, don’t forget to stock up on what you need before your next adventure so you can have the most fun without having to worry the slightest bit about mosquitoes and their annoying bites!