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Published on: 28 Mar 2018 by renownedpediatric

Identifying Bug Bites in Children

With spring just around the corner and summer on its way, warm weather means more outdoor playtime and fun in the sun. Warm weather also needs something a bit more daunting: the bugs will come out – and stay out. Learn about the most common insect bites to keep your child safe as the days get by.Mosquito bites are some of the most common bites found on children during the spring and summer months. These bites are round, puffy, and the bumps will immediately appear after children are bitten. Bites will become red, swollen and hard. Mosquitos may bite multiple times in the same area. Another common type of bug bites is fly bites. Like mosquitos, flies are more often seen in the summer. There are three types of fly bites, include those from sand flies, tsetse flies, and deer flies. These bites most commonly cause red bumps and blisters. Deer flies are found near lakes, swamps, and other bodies of water. Sand flies are found in more tropical climates, and tsetse flies are found in Africa, so it is unlikely that they'll be an issue.Often, families will camp during the summer vacation. Several small critters like to take a nibble or two on children and families. One of these pests are ticks, and their bites often appear as a rash, as a burning sensation, or as blisters. There will be pain or swelling in the bite area and can even cause difficulty breathing in some children. Bites will rarely appear in groups, but the ticks may remain attached to the skin – remove them immediately if you notice a tick biting you or your child.Spiders and fire ants are other common pests found outside. Spider bites are particularly tricky as they can vary with the type of danger a species of spider can pose. This type of bite typically develops in the form of a blister that includes two puncture marks on the skin. Blisters can be either red or purple or as a rash where the surface was bitten. Symptoms can include pain, itching, and redness; your child may also experience stomach cramping, headaches or muscle pain.Fly bites aren't typically severe, but some spider bites can be dangerous. If you have any cares about bites that you find on your child's skin, see your doctor immediately or consult online resources such as kids telemed in Texas to answer your questions and concerns.

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