How to Detect Bed Bug Bites on Children

“Don’t let the bed bugs bite” is a common saying when you tuck your kids into bed, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Bed bugs can infest children’s beds just as they infest those of adults.

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Make sure you know what bed bug bites look like, as well as how to properly inspect your children so that you can reduce the likelihood of your child developing painful, itchy welts.

How Did My Child Get Bed Bug Bites?

Realistically, your child picked up bed bugs from somewhere else in your home. Bed bugs are frequently transmitted between residences. For example, if you recently went on vacation, you could have transported bed bugs from your hotel room or even airplane seat back to your home.

Bed bugs typically take up residence in your mattress, box spring, or even headboard, emerging at night to feed upon your skin. If you have children, they could have also brought them home from school or a friend’s house.

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“Bed bugs are frequently transmitted between residences. For example, if you recently went on vacation, you could have transported bed bugs from your hotel room or even airplane seat back to your home.”

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How Do I Inspect My Child for Bed Bug Bites?

Try to inspect your children whenever they come home from being away, mainly if they have been at a sleepover camp or a friend’s house. It may be difficult to see an initial infestation, as bed bug bites take about a day to develop, so inspect your child again in twenty-four hours.

Some people never show any sign of reaction to the bites at all. If you’re worried about an infestation, put all of their items into a large plastic bag before they come inside and then wash the clothes in the highest possible setting.

If possible, inspect your child clandestinely so that it’s not obvious what exactly you are doing. This can cause your child to worry or panic unnecessarily. Bed bug bites look like small red dots, typically in clusters of three or more. They may also appear as a flat or raised welt, or even a zigzag of bites.

The most common areas that will be bitten are arms, shoulders, legs, and the torso, although the hairline is another favorite hiding spot for bed bugs. Rashes usually appear in groups of three or more. Keep in mind that bed bug bites are allergic reactions, so every child will be different.

Some will respond in an extreme way, while others will not show any response at all. Children do tend to have more severe reactions than adults, and may also have more delayed responses.

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“Try to inspect your children whenever they come home from being away, mainly if they have been at a sleepover camp or a friend’s house.”

What Should I Do If My Child Has Bed Bug Bites?

First, don’t panic. Your fear will feed your child’s fear. Don’t prohibit your child from going to friends’ houses if you are worried about bed bugs. Instead, educate your child about bed bugs and make sure they know that while these pests can be an annoyance, they aren’t terribly dangerous and shouldn’t be feared.

Bed bug bites are rarely dangerous. Your child might have itchiness or swelling, sometimes leading to broken skin that can cause sores. The greatest danger of a bed bug bite is these sores developing secondary infections, or producing a severe allergic reaction.

Treat your child’s rash with hydrocortisone cream or allergy medications. If the bites are severe, you might consider paying a visit to your child’s pediatrician. He can rule out more serious issues and also prescribe stronger anti-itch cream.

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“Bed bug bites are rarely dangerous. Your child might have itchiness or swelling, sometimes leading to broken skin that can cause sores.”

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How Do I Get Rid of a Bed Bug Infestation?

Prevent a bed bug infestation by taking the necessary precautionary steps to avoid an infestation in the first place. When you travel, inspect your possessions regularly and don’t stay in a hotel where there are rust-colored stains on the sheets – this often indicates the presence of bed bugs.

If you develop an infestation in your own home, keep in mind that it can be difficult to treat. You might need to invest in the help of a professional pest control service.

The Bed Bug Inspectors are the premier pest control agency in NYC and will work with you to develop a personally tailored solution to your family’s pest problem. We will make sure your children understand exactly what is going on at all times, to help reduce fear and calm anxieties about a bed bug infestation.

Worried about these bloodsucking pests latching on to your children? Don’t spend another day worrying about how your kids will react. Contact The Bed Bug Inspectors and set your mind at ease.***

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