Getting to Know Mosquito Bites
First, a buzzing sound. Soon after, the skin starts to itch, and a noticeable bump appears. Alas, kids may not notice these symptoms right away, but when they do, it can cause them extreme distress. A mosquito bite is both annoying and painful, but can be easily avoided and treated. A bite occurs when a female mosquito uses its mouth (also known as proboscis) to puncture the skin in order to gain access to the blood, which they need to lay eggs(1). The itching which accompanies a bite is caused by mosquito saliva that is left on the skin, triggering a reaction from the immune system(1).
A mosquito bite can cause an apparent reddish lump on the skin. Some bites can also cause hard, reddish-brown bumps, or multiple bumps that appear a day after a kid has been bitten. Small blisters or dark, bruise-like spots can also appear on the skin(2). Alternatively, mosquito bites can also cause Skeeter syndrome, which is condition that is common amongst children(1), and can cause a kid to experience symptoms such as red, sore or swollen skin.