Children are the most important and precious things in the world and need protection, love, and security. It’s scary to think that they could be hurt in their own homes by an almost invisible threat. Bed bugs have become a common household pest in recent years and they’re fairly difficult to get rid of. If your family has been exposed to bed bugs, then you might ask can bed bugs harm your kids.
Harmful Effects of Bed Bugs
Research documented by Web MD shows that bed bugs do not host diseases from sucking blood from humans. As such, bed bugs can not harm your kids in a life threatening manner. Their bites, however, can cause children much discomfort. The only way bed bugs harm your kids is if they have allergic reactions to the bites which can cause itching and lead to skin lesions.
According to researchers, bed bugs have been known as a human parasite for centuries. And as of yet, there is no medical treatment for bites caused specifically by bed bugs. Many DIY treatments for bed bug bites are the same treatments people use for mosquito bites.
When a bed bug bites it usually leaves no visible mark. However, there are times dried blood may be present from a bite area. Kids Health website mentions checking for signs of blood on your child’s bed sheets and mattress in case you suspect that a bite mark on your child is caused by bed bugs. If a child is allergic to bed bugs a bite can cause an allergic reaction on their skin.
Current research has proven that an allergic reaction is the most harmful thing that can come from a bed bug bite. Allergic reactions may occur at or near the bite site, consult your doctor if you suspect your child is having any irregular symptoms. Receiving medical attention is always the best option when your child’s health is a concern.
As such, you can use anti-itch medication, topical corticosteroids, and antihistamines to soothe the allergic reaction caused by the bites.
When a child scratches the location of a bed bug bite, skin lesions can form. Much like chicken pox, it’s best to leave the itchy area alone and to resist the temptation of giving it a good scratch. By preventing your child from itching the bite area it will help the bite to heal faster and to prevent any scarring their itching may cause. Anti-itch medications and cortisone can help soothe the itching and prevent your child from further discomfort.
Don’t let bed bugs harm your kids. If you suspect your home may have bed bugs call Budget Brothers for a bed bug inspection or treatment today! We’ll ensure no bed bugs harm your kids.